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How to automate SSH login with password?

Is there a way to call ssh in a bash script and automatically feed it the password for the account?

e.g if i type

ssh /settings

it prompts me for a password. I want to avoid that!

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marked as duplicate by Shane Madden, Ben Pilbrow, Sven, MikeyB, Murali Suriar Sep 10 '11 at 0:26

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You can use passwordless authentication with SSH using SSH Keys.

On your client machine, run

ssh-keygen -t rsa

This will generate 2 files ~/.ssh/id_rsa and ~/.ssh/, these are your public and private authentication keys.

Copy ~/.ssh/ from your client machine on to your target as ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2.

You should now be able to access your server without needing a password.

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Beat me to it! +1 to you – gWaldo Sep 10 '11 at 0:07
It's easier to use "ssh-copy-id myserver" to install the public key onto the server – Giovanni Bajo Sep 11 '11 at 20:43

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