I am developing a python application for a remote system which has a device connected via a serial port.

At the moment my workflow looks like this

  • write code locally
  • commit to git
  • git push
  • change to terminal window holding ssh session
  • git pull
  • run python code

This is kind of awkward and I want to speed things up and increase my work efficiency using some scripts

I have written two scripts, one for local and one for remote

My local script looks like this


# do git commit
if [ "$#" -eq 3 ]
    if [ "$1" == "-m" ]
        git commit -am "$2"
        echo "syntax error, -m expected as argument 1"
    git commit -am "execute.sh script"

# do git push
git push

# login to ssh and execute script
ssh <user>@<ip> 'bash -s' < remote-execute.sh

My remote-execute.sh looks like this


# cd
cd <dir>

# do git pull
git pull

# run python
python3 main.py

My python code uses Python Curses (ncurses) for GUI interaction

When I run these scripts, I encounter the error

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "Monitor.py", line 1140, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python3.5/curses/__init__.py", line 73, in wrapper
    stdscr = initscr()
  File "/usr/lib/python3.5/curses/__init__.py", line 30, in initscr
_curses.error: setupterm: could not find terminal

This must be due to how I am using ssh with the "-s" switch to execute the remote script.

Is there a way to fix this? It seems like some kind of terminal stuff isn't being forwarded properly? I can't say anything more than this because it's a bit beyond my knowledge.


The ssh client does not allocate a terminal when being run in "batch" mode (with a command provided). You need to use the -t option to enable this if you're asking it to run an interactive app.

Additionally, redirecting stdin doesn't make sense when trying to run an interactive program – although you could force tty allocation (using -tt), your program would just try reading input from the .sh file instead of keyboard.

ssh -t <user>@<ip> "cd <dir> && git pull --ff-only && python3 main.py"

ssh -t <user>@<ip> "$(cat remote-commands.txt)"
  • "Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal", then same error "could not find terminal" - any idea what is wrong here? Also what is the reason for using "-ff-only" with git? – user3728501 Sep 3 '19 at 12:00
  • Ah, yes, the second variant (without < redirection) should work. – user1686 Sep 3 '19 at 12:02
  • Is there a way to feed the output of another file instead of putting the contents of a file in "" ? – user3728501 Sep 3 '19 at 12:03
  • pull --ff-only is safeguard used out of habit – whenever you're automating a pull (e.g. from post-receive hook), you don't want it to leave a half-finished merge; you want it to either completely succeed or completely abort. – user1686 Sep 3 '19 at 12:05

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