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I am trying to ssh from one machine to another within a Python script (Nautilus script). It works with the following:

ssh -t user@server "cd /home/some/dir ; csh"

However I don't like the idea of hardcoding the shell type.

Is there a way to set cwd within the ssh command without the need to hardcode the shell type?

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Technically it was a python script ;-) – Johnsyweb May 30 '11 at 10:18
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Invoke $SHELL instead.

ssh -t user@server 'cd /home/some/dir ; exec "$SHELL"'
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Thanks, worked like a charm! – umpirsky May 30 '11 at 13:39

You can do this like so...

ssh -t user@server "cd /home/some/dir ; bash"

Where bash is your desired shell.

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Thanks, it works. Is there a way to auto-detect or ommit shell, so it go to default? I don't like the idea to hardcode it. – umpirsky May 30 '11 at 11:21
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@umpiresky: I don't have an Ubuntu box on which to test this, but on *BSD I can do: ssh -t user@server "cd /home/some/dir ; login user" (where user is the username that you have provided to ssh). If your remote host has the same setup as localhost you could use ${SHELL} instead. YMMV. – Johnsyweb May 30 '11 at 11:30
    
@Johnsyweb Nope, login user ddn't work for me. I'm connecting from Ubuntu to FreeBSD, but it would be nice to work for any server. That's why I don't like the idea to hardcode shell type (csh in my case). – umpirsky May 30 '11 at 12:05
    
login user works for me on FreeBSD. – Johnsyweb May 30 '11 at 12:06
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Hm, maybe, yes. But we already have a working nautilus script, lets just make it better. Thank fou your valuable help. – umpirsky May 30 '11 at 12:42

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