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I'm trying to interact with some programs on a remote linux server via SSH in a script. I have plink, which seems to be the way to do so. I can log in and get a shell with plink at the command line. My issue is I really need to be able to have autoit type in commands, and then parse the output. When I try that with plink, I get as much as "Using username foo" and then I get the handle is invalid. . . it looks like plink is creating a new PID?

Is there a better way to do this? I can send commands to a PuTTY window also, but I can't read out the data from there. . .

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Plink is the way to go.

I don't know what have you been using but I certainly remember about a post in Example Scripts, where somebody wrote an UDF for putty/plink.

Try that one - it might solve your problem.

If you already used that, consider posting some code - otherwise you are asking for generic answers.

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I've managed to almost get this working with the plink UDF. My problem is I need to forward a port... I try using Run w/ plink

Run("plink " & $username & "@computer -pw " & $password & ' -L 159'& $vnc & ':computer:59'&$vnc,"",@SW_SHOW,0x8)

but it seems like plink is immediately exiting for me there. . . not keeping the port open.

I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong...

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I use plink for an automated SCP copy script. Here is some snippet functions that may be a good example for you.

Func _Connect($host,$usr,$pass)
    $exec = @ScriptDir & "\PLINK.EXE"
    If Not FileExists($exec) Then _Err("PLINK.EXE Not Found!",0)
    ;If $debug Then
        ;$pid = Run($exec & " -ssh -pw " & $pass & " " & $usr & "@" & $host, @SystemDir, @SW_SHOW, 0x1 + 0x8)  ;Run SSH.EXE
        $pid = Run($exec & " -ssh -pw " & $pass & " " & $usr & "@" & $host, @SystemDir, "", 0x1 + 0x8)  ;Run SSH.EXE
    If Not $pid Then _Err("Failed to connect",0)
    $currentpid = $pid
    $rtn = _Read($pid)  ;Check for Login Success - Prompt
    If StringInstr($rtn,"(y/n)") Then
        _Send($pid,"y" & @CR)
        $rtn = _Read($pid)
    If StringInstr($rtn,"yes/no") Then
        _Send($pid,"yes" & @CR)
        $rtn = _Read($pid)
    If StringInstr($rtn,"Access denied") Or StringInstr($rtn,"FATAL")Then _Err($rtn,$pid)
    Return $pid

Func _Read($pid)
    If Not $pid Then Return -1
    Local $dataA
    Local $dataB
        $dataB = $dataA
        $dataA &= StdOutRead($pid)
        If @error Then ExitLoop
    Until $dataB = $dataA And $dataA And $dataB
    ;If $debug Then FileWriteLine(@ScriptDir & "\log.txt",$dataA & @CRLF)
    Return $dataA

Func _Send($pid,$cmd)

Func _Err($data,$pid)
    If $data And $data <> -1 Then MsgBox(0,"An Error has Occured",$data,5)

Func _Exit($pid)
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