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I would like this script to NOT prompt me for a password when I run it. I would like to put a password inside the script that will pass by itself. This is not a root password: It is for an account set up specifically for this purpose.


scp user@host:$copyPath/UserLatency.txt $destinationPath/TXTfiles

scp user@host:$copyPath/ServerLatency.txt $destinationPath/TXTfiles


Ideally, I would like to set a crontab that launches this script every morning, so i can parse the txt files on my local machine as soon as I get in to the office. When I run this right now, I have to enter my password for each file I copy.

Any pointers?

Thanks and best,


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Have a look here. –  terdon May 31 '13 at 3:02

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You should not store a password in a script. The best way to not have your script prompting for a password is to generate an authentication key with ssh-keygen and then copy the public key to the remote server in $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys.

You can find a lot of tutorials to do this.

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