SSH password as a command-line parameter?

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Sun Jun 18 16:45:14 UTC 2006

Dick Davies wrote:
> You could have a look at ssh-agent(1) for another way, but it's not as
> versatile.
> With your existing solution, the passphrase shows up in ps(1), which
> is really bad.

Yes, that's a good point. I'm going for a blank password with an RSA key 

> If you're paranoid,
> then check the docs for authorized_keys - you can restrict the blank
> passphrased key to only run certain commands on the server end, while
> using another key for your general use.

Yes, I'm doing that. I made another ssh key solely for this purpose all 
it can do is run the backup command.

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