SSH password as a command-line parameter?

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Sun Jun 18 15:02:53 UTC 2006


I'm working on a remote backup solution for a small website. I want to 
download a daily copy of a MySQL database. I'd prefer to send it over 
ssh, so I'm thinking of something like this:

ssh me at "mysqldump db_name -u me --password=secret | gzip -c" 
 > sql-backup-2006-06-18.gz

This would work except that I still need to type the ssh password. Is it 
possible to specify the ssh password in the command line? Or do 
something else so I can run this on a script?

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   unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to himself.
   Therefore all progress depends on unreasonable men."
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