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Automated file transfer with sftp

January 06, 2015 — BarryK
I have a script that uploads files to a website, using sftp.
sftp asks for a password to login, and I have to manually type it in every time.

So, I looked into how to automate password entry. This is a neat solution, however it is considered to be the least secure method:

# echo -e '<commands>' | sshpass -p <password> sftp [-P <port>] <username>@<host>

An example:

# echo -e 'pwd\nquit' | sshpass -p mypasswd sftp -P 2222

The default is port 22, which many hosts use, so most likely the -P option isn't required.

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Tags: linux