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 

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

  • @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

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