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Why does the following not work from one ubuntu machine to anohter

ssh  user@host mutt

(it just sits there doing nothing)

Whereas the following is fine

ssh  user@host ls 
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Try using the -t option to ssh, to force it to allocate a pseudo-terminal. For more information, see section 7.4.5.5 of SSH: The definitive guide.

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@coneslayer - I had seen the pseudo-terminal but didnt understand what it really did. This does the trick for me – justintime Apr 15 '10 at 22:46
    
That -t option is awesome -- thanks so much! – Coderer May 28 '10 at 20:10

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