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Re: sshd, plink, bash and path problems
On Thu, 6 May 2004, Tim Shadel wrote:
> I'm not subscribed to the list. Kindly CC: me in any threads that
> result from this email. Thanks.
> What I found is this:
> (a) ssh localhost echo $PATH
> returned the correct cygwin path, but
> (b) ssh localhost 'echo $PATH'
> returned the full Windows path, not the cygwin path, and
> (c) ssh localhost "echo $PATH"
> returned the correct cygwin path as well. But as I think about it, I
> actually can't change the quotes used around the command (since it's
> issued by a program over which I have no control). What I CAN
> manipulate is the cygwin environment contacted by the ssh/plink program.
> >1. What's different between plink <host> <command> and plink <host>
> >(which displays a prompt) that causes the magical "login" process to
> >occur. Is this a plink thing? a bash thing? a cygwin-version-of-either
It's a plink thing. FWIW, ssh behaves similarly.
> Let me rephrase this a bit. What happens differently between (a) and
> (b) above on the _server_ side?
Why not try it locally, like this:
echo echo $PATH
echo 'echo $PATH'
echo "echo $PATH"
sh -xc 'PATH=/blah;echo $PATH'
sh -xc "PATH=/blah;echo $PATH"
> >2. Is there a file (.rc something-or-other perhaps?) that I can create
> >that will make the "source /etc/profile" call once plink connects, so I
> >can have the right path when <command> happens?
Well, you can tell ssh to invoke a login shell (e.g., "ssh a@b bash -l -c
'commands'"). I don't know about plink.
> Can I change the cygwin environment (server side) to handle both (a) and
> (b) in the same way?
No. If you run the above experiments, you'll see why.
> I'm familiar with Linux, but Cygwin (and especially its interaction with
> Windows: environment, permissions, etc) is brand new to me.
This has nothing to do with Cygwin. This is pure shell stuff.
> The quotation difference is step in the right direction (I know what to
> rule out), and I'm sure with a bit more info I'll be able solve my
> problem. I appreciate your help.
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