I have server A and server B (both Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) doing different tasks. Server A needs to poke Server B, which generates a file and scp's it back to server A when done. This is all in-house and I am not too concerned about security issues. SSH Key exchange is already performed between servers A and B and works fine.

On server B, the script generateOfflineSig looks like

echo "in script"
sudo apt-offline set offline_package.sig --install-packages "$0"
echo "after sudo"
scp offline_package.sig jeff@servera:/tmp

Also on server B, visudo has this entry:


Which works if I execute sudo ls on Server B... no password asked.

Unfortunately SSH always asks for a password on Server A:

jeff@servera:~$ ssh -t jeff@serverb /home/jeff/generateOfflineSig "incron"
in script
[sudo] password for jeff:

Any ideas? This process can't be interrupted by password input.

  • Not 100% sure of /etc/sudoers syntax, but my file has the line # %wheel ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL. Maybe your line should be jeff ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL?
    – snapshoe
    May 17, 2013 at 20:55
  • Doesn't the entire remote command have to be in quotes? You might be executing the script on Sever A
    – TheLQ
    May 17, 2013 at 23:56
  • Actually... I think snapshoe is on to something. I'll answer my own question a bit later...
    – Jeff
    May 21, 2013 at 13:37

1 Answer 1


It seems like I had a "typo" in the /etc/sudoers file...


needed to be at the very end of file. Ubuntu Help only says Add (...) to the END of the file (if not at the end it can be nullified by later entries)

After that, password is never asked for "jeff's sudo commands, either locally or over SSH.

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