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I have a bash script on a ubuntu 10.4 machine. It is shared and I can access it from my win7 machine with \\LINUX-SERVER\bash_repo\make-live

However when I do, windows tries to open it. This is not what I want. I want to tell ubuntu to execute it.

I am actually hoping to be able to build a GUI app on windows where the user clicks a button and it tells the bash script on the ubuntu machine to execute.

Is any of this possible?

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How about installing a web server on ubuntu? You can invoke your script within a PHP/perl page. –  Khaled Dec 29 '10 at 15:23
    
@Khaled I do have Apache on my ubuntu machine. Why don't you elaborate a little more on how I would execute it from PHP. Thanks!! –  JD Isaacks Dec 29 '10 at 15:26
    
Check the answer below. –  Khaled Dec 29 '10 at 16:00
    
If this is resolved please mark the answer below –  JamesBarnett May 23 '11 at 9:18

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Have you tried plink from the makers of PuTTY? http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

You should be able to run the script on the ubuntu machine like:

plink.exe -ssh -pw pass -noagent user@linux-server /path/to/your/script/make-live
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Wow this is wierd. The script I am trying to execute has 2 parts. part one requires sudo, part 2 echos a message. The message gets echoed but part one does not run instead I get this: sudo: no tty present and no askpass program specified But I think that is a different problem. So I'll still mark you correct if no other better solutions come. thanks! –  JD Isaacks Dec 29 '10 at 15:40
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@John: Try plink -t ... to allocate a pty. –  Dennis Williamson Dec 29 '10 at 16:15
    
@Dennis that did the trick! thanks! –  JD Isaacks Dec 29 '10 at 16:22

As others have suggested you could use ssh to get a CLI session or wrap it in an accessible program, however that you can access it as a network share implies that Samba is configured and running - and there are numerous ways of getting Samba to execute files (e.g. magic script, winpopups, svcctl) rtfm for more details.

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As suggested by my comment above, you can execute your script from PHP if you have a web server running on your ubuntu machine.

A small PHP script like the following will be enough:

<?php
$output = shell_exec('bash /path/to/your/script');
echo "$output";
?>

Save the PHP code in a file such as /var/www/exec.php and point your browser from any machine to the URL http://your_ubuntu_machine_ip/exec.php.

Please, note that the script will be executed as www-data user (the default apache web server user). If you want to run a privileged command using sudo, you need to add www-data user to sudoers file using visudo.

You need an entry like:

www-data   ALL=NOPASSWD: /path/to/command
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Thank you I am getting very close to what I want to do. I am having trouble with add www-data user to sudoers part. Can you please elaborate. visudo using vi which I have never used so I used export EDITOR=gedit && sudo -E visudo but that just opened an empty sudoers.tmp file. Do I add something to this file? if so what? Thank you! –  JD Isaacks Dec 29 '10 at 16:20
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-1 a php script is overly complex IMHO. plink of another commandline tool is preferable. Not to mention I'm not sure if it's even a good idea from a security point of view. –  JamesBarnett Dec 31 '10 at 8:18
    
@JamesBarnett: It is not complicated! The OP already has apache installed and running. A simple PHP script will be enough to do it. It provides an easy way to execute your scripts remotely and it will not impose a security risk if it was secured in a good way. For example, you can use https instead of http if it will be invoked across an insecure network. –  Khaled Dec 31 '10 at 16:39

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