Linux, script to putty in

Posted on 2013-12-17
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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I am using RHEL 6.4

I need a script that will putty into another machine with a username and password, and after that happens, perform a vi, and then exit the putty session

Could someone please post an example of how to do this ?

Question by:Los Angeles1
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PuTTY has a companion batch program called "plink" which is meant just for purposes like yours.

Using plink you can do

plink -t user@host -pw password "/path/to/remote/command"

plink is here:


Download link:


But why in the world would you want to run vi (an interactive editor)?

There are always other means to manipulate files in batch, vi is never needed.

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by:Los Angeles1
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Three points:  

1>  I am sorry, I meant to say 'ls -la' instead of 'vi'

2>  I meant to only ask how to do a "ls -la" because I want to eventually copy files to many different linux machines, and also remotely start processes.  I wanted to start with a 'ls-la'

3> Unfortunately in this environment I am not allowed to import plink.  Could you please post a way to do this from putty ?

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woolmilkporc earned 2000 total points
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You can use a local  file containing the desired commands (e.g. "ls -la")

putty -t user@host -pw password -m local_commands_file

PuTTY's window will close as soon as all commands have finished executing. Best add "read xxx" as the last command, so the shell will wait for you to enter something.

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