gui wrapper for ssh -X

Jim Knoble jmknoble at
Sat Mar 8 04:12:38 EST 2003

Circa 2003-03-07 14:39:11 +0000 dixit David Woodhouse:

: On Fri, 2003-03-07 at 14:12, Jeremy Wilkins wrote:
: > I'm trying to launch ssh and connect to it with pipes so that my front 
: > end can enter the password if required (either from a cache or by 
: > popping up a dialogue box).

Pipes won't work; ssh reads the password or passphrase directly from
/dev/tty (the current terminal), unless stdin is not a terminal.

: Why not just use $SSH_ASKPASS?
: Admittedly, there's some brain damage there and you have to explicitly
: disconnect from your controlling tty to force it to use your askpass
: program, rather than just passing a '-oaskpass=...' option, but it's not
: so hard.

It's *really* not hard:

  env SSH_ASKPASS=/usr/local/libexec/x11-ssh-askpass \
  ssh -X user at machine 'command' </dev/null >/dev/null 2>&1

x11-ssh-askpass is here, in case you don't already have it:

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