package Net::OpenSSH;

our $VERSION = '0.67_01';

use strict;
use warnings;

our $debug ||= 0;
our $debug_fh ||= \*STDERR;


use Carp qw(carp croak);
use POSIX qw(:sys_wait_h);
use Socket;
use File::Spec;
use Cwd ();
use Scalar::Util ();
use Errno ();
use Net::OpenSSH::Constants qw(:error :_state);
use Net::OpenSSH::ModuleLoader;
use Net::OpenSSH::ShellQuoter;

my $thread_generation = 0;

sub CLONE { $thread_generation++ };

sub _debug {
    local ($!, $@);
    print {$debug_fh} '# ', (map { defined($_) ? $_ : '<undef>' } @_), "\n"

sub _debug_dump {
    local ($!, $@);
    require Data::Dumper;
    local $Data::Dumper::Terse = 1;
    local $Data::Dumper::Indent = 0;
    my $head = shift;
    _debug("$head: ", Data::Dumper::Dumper(@_));

sub _hexdump {
    no warnings qw(uninitialized);
    my $data = shift;
    while ($data =~ /(.{1,32})/smg) {
        my $line=$1;
        my @c= (( map { sprintf "%02x",$_ } unpack('C*', $line)),
                (("  ") x 32))[0..31];
        $line=~s/(.)/ my $c=$1; unpack("c",$c)>=32 ? $c : '.' /egms;
        print {$debug_fh} "#> ", join(" ", @c, '|', $line), "\n";

    my %good;

    sub _sub_options {
        my $sub = shift;
        $good{__PACKAGE__ . "::$sub"} = { map { $_ => 1 } @_ };

    sub _croak_bad_options (\%) {
        my $opts = shift;
        if (%$opts) {
	    my $sub = (caller 1)[3];
            my $good = $good{$sub};
            my @keys = ( $good ? grep !$good->{$_}, keys %$opts : keys %$opts);
            if (@keys) {
                croak "Invalid or bad combination of options ('" . CORE::join("', '", @keys) . "')";

sub _croak_scalar_context {
    my ($sub, $wantarray) = (caller 1)[3, 5];
    unless ($wantarray) {
        $sub =~ s/^.*:://;
        croak "method '$sub' called in scalar context";

sub _tcroak {
    if (${^TAINT} > 0) {
	push @_, " while running with -T switch";
        goto &croak;
    if (${^TAINT} < 0) {
	push @_, " while running with -t switch";
        goto &carp;

sub _catch_tainted_args {
    my $i;
    for (@_) {
        next unless $i++;
        if (Scalar::Util::tainted($_)) {
            my (undef, undef, undef, $subn) = caller 1;
            my $msg = ( $subn =~ /::([a-z]\w*)$/
                        ? "Insecure argument '$_' on '$1' method call"
                        : "Insecure argument '$_' on method call" );
        elsif (ref($_) eq 'HASH') {
            for (grep Scalar::Util::tainted($_), values %$_) {
		my (undef, undef, undef, $subn) = caller 1;
		my $msg = ( $subn =~ /::([a-z]\w*)$/
			    ? "Insecure argument on '$1' method call"
			    : "Insecure argument on method call" );

sub _set_error {
    my $self = shift;
    my $code = shift || 0;
    my $err = $self->{_error} = ( $code
                                  ? Scalar::Util::dualvar($code, join(': ', @{$self->{_error_prefix}},
                                                                      (@_ ? @_ : "Unknown error $code")))
                                  : 0 );
    $debug and $debug & 1 and _debug "set_error($code - $err)";
    return $err

my $check_eval_re = do {
    my $path = quotemeta $INC{"Net/"};
    qr/at $path line \d+.$/

sub _check_eval_ok {
    my ($self, $code) = @_;
    if ($@) {
        my $err = $@;
        $err =~ s/$check_eval_re//;
        $self->_set_error($code, $err);

sub _or_set_error {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->{_error} or $self->_set_error(@_);

sub _first_defined { defined && return $_ for @_; return }

my $obfuscate = sub {
    # just for the casual observer...
    my $txt = shift;
    $txt =~ s/(.)/chr(ord($1) ^ 47)/ges
        if defined $txt;

my $deobfuscate = $obfuscate;

# regexp from Regexp::IPv6
my $IPv6_re = qr((?-xism::(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){0,5}(?:(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){1,2}|:(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})))|[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}:(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}|:)|(?::(?:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4})?|(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))))|:(?:(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4})?|))|(?::(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|:[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}(?::(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){0,2})|:))|(?:(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){0,2}(?::(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){1,2})|:))|(?:(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){0,3}(?::(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){1,2})|:))|(?:(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){0,4}(?::(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2})[.](?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[0-1]?[0-9]{1,2}))|(?::[0-9a-fA-F]{1,4}){1,2})|:))));

sub parse_connection_opts {
    my ($class, $opts) = @_;
    my ($user, $passwd, $ipv6, $host, $port, $host_squared);

    my $target = delete $opts->{host};
    defined $target or croak "mandatory host argument missing";

    ($user, $passwd, $ipv6, $host, $port) =
        $target =~ m{^
                       \s*               # space
                         ([^:]+)         # username
                         (?::(.*))?      # : password
                         \@              # @
                       (?:               # host
                          (              #   IPv6...
                            \[$IPv6_re(?:\%[^\[\]]*)\] #     [IPv6]
                            |            #     or
                            $IPv6_re     #     IPv6
                          |              #   or
                          ([^\[\]\@:]+)  #   hostname / ipv4
                       (?::([^\@:]+))?   # port
                       \s*               # space
                or croak "bad host/target '$target' specification";

    if (defined $ipv6) {
        ($host) = $ipv6 =~ /^\[?(.*?)\]?$/;
        $host_squared = "[$host]";
    else {
        $host_squared = $host;

    $user = delete $opts->{user} unless defined $user;
    $port = delete $opts->{port} unless defined $port;
    $passwd = delete $opts->{passwd} unless defined $passwd;
    $passwd = delete $opts->{password} unless defined $passwd;

    wantarray and return ($host, $port, $user, $passwd, $host_squared);

    my %r = ( user => $user,
              password => $passwd,
              host => $host,
              host_squared => $host_squared,
              port => $port );
    $r{ipv6} = 1 if defined $ipv6;
    return \%r;

sub new {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;

    my $class = shift;
    @_ & 1 and unshift @_, 'host';

    return $FACTORY->($class, @_) if defined $FACTORY;

    my %opts = @_;

    my $external_master = delete $opts{external_master};
    # reuse_master is an obsolete alias:
    $external_master = delete $opts{reuse_master} unless defined $external_master;

    if (not defined $opts{host} and defined $external_master) {
        $opts{host} = '';

    my ($host, $port, $user, $passwd, $host_squared) = $class->parse_connection_opts(\%opts);

    my ($passphrase, $key_path, $login_handler);
    unless (defined $passwd) {
        $key_path = delete $opts{key_path};
        $passwd = delete $opts{passphrase};
        if (defined $passwd) {
            $passphrase = 1;
        else {
            $login_handler = delete $opts{login_handler};

    my $ssh_version = delete $opts{ssh_version};
    my $batch_mode = delete $opts{batch_mode};
    my $ctl_path = delete $opts{ctl_path};
    my $ctl_dir = delete $opts{ctl_dir};
    my $proxy_command = delete $opts{proxy_command};
    my $gateway = delete $opts{gateway} unless defined $proxy_command;
    my $ssh_cmd = _first_defined delete $opts{ssh_cmd}, 'ssh';
    my $rsync_cmd = _first_defined delete $opts{rsync_cmd}, 'rsync';
    my $scp_cmd = delete $opts{scp_cmd};
    my $sshfs_cmd = _first_defined delete $opts{sshfs_cmd}, 'sshfs';
    my $sftp_server_cmd = _first_defined delete $opts{sftp_server_cmd},
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    my $kill_ssh_on_timeout = delete $opts{kill_ssh_on_timeout};
    my $strict_mode = _first_defined delete $opts{strict_mode}, 1;
    my $connect = _first_defined delete $opts{connect}, 1;
    my $async = delete $opts{async};
    my $remote_shell = _first_defined delete $opts{remote_shell}, 'POSIX';
    my $expand_vars = delete $opts{expand_vars};
    my $vars = _first_defined delete $opts{vars}, {};
    my $default_encoding = delete $opts{default_encoding};
    my $default_stream_encoding =
        _first_defined delete $opts{default_stream_encoding}, $default_encoding;
    my $default_argument_encoding =
        _first_defined delete $opts{default_argument_encoding}, $default_encoding;
    my $forward_agent = delete $opts{forward_agent};
    $forward_agent and $passphrase and
        croak "agent forwarding can not be used when a passphrase has also been given";
    my $forward_X11 = delete $opts{forward_X11};
    my $passwd_prompt = delete $opts{password_prompt};
    $passwd_prompt = delete $opts{passwd_prompt} unless defined $passwd_prompt;

    my ($master_opts, @master_opts,
        $master_stdout_fh, $master_stderr_fh,
	$master_stdout_discard, $master_stderr_discard,
    unless ($external_master) {
        ($master_stdout_fh = delete $opts{master_stdout_fh} or
         $master_stdout_discard = delete $opts{master_stdout_discard});

        ($master_stderr_fh = delete $opts{master_stderr_fh} or
         $master_stderr_discard = delete $opts{master_stderr_discard});

        $master_opts = delete $opts{master_opts};
        if (defined $master_opts) {
            if (ref $master_opts) {
                @master_opts = @$master_opts;
            else {
                carp "'master_opts' argument looks like if it should be splited first"
                    if $master_opts =~ /^-\w\s+\S/;
                @master_opts = $master_opts;
        $master_setpgrp = delete $opts{master_setpgrp};

        # when a password/passphrase is given, calling setpgrp is
        # useless because the process runs attached to a different tty
        undef $master_setpgrp if $login_handler or defined $passwd;

    my $default_ssh_opts = delete $opts{default_ssh_opts};
    carp "'default_ssh_opts' argument looks like if it should be splited first"
        if defined $default_ssh_opts and not ref $default_ssh_opts and $default_ssh_opts =~ /^-\w\s+\S/;

    my ($default_stdout_fh, $default_stderr_fh, $default_stdin_fh,
	$default_stdout_file, $default_stderr_file, $default_stdin_file,
	$default_stdout_discard, $default_stderr_discard, $default_stdin_discard);

    $default_stdout_file = (delete $opts{default_stdout_discard}
			    ? '/dev/null'
			    : delete $opts{default_stdout_file});
    $default_stdout_fh = delete $opts{default_stdout_fh}
	unless defined $default_stdout_file;

    $default_stderr_file = (delete $opts{default_stderr_discard}
			    ? '/dev/null'
			    : delete $opts{default_stderr_file});
    $default_stderr_fh = delete $opts{default_stderr_fh}
	unless defined $default_stderr_file;

    $default_stdin_file = (delete $opts{default_stdin_discard}
			    ? '/dev/null'
			    : delete $opts{default_stdin_file});
    $default_stdin_fh = delete $opts{default_stdin_fh}
	unless defined $default_stdin_file;

    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my @ssh_opts;
    # TODO: are those options really requiered or just do they eat on
    # the command line limited length?
    push @ssh_opts, -l => $user if defined $user;
    push @ssh_opts, -p => $port if defined $port;

    my $home = do {
	local ($@, $SIG{__DIE__});
	eval { Cwd::realpath((getpwuid $>)[7]) }

    if (${^TAINT}) {
	($home) = $home =~ /^(.*)$/;
	Scalar::Util::tainted($ENV{PATH}) and
		_tcroak('Insecure $ENV{PATH}');

    my $self = { _error => 0,
		 _error_prefix => [],
		 _perl_pid => $$,
                 _thread_generation => $thread_generation,
                 _ssh_version => $ssh_version,
                 _ssh_cmd => $ssh_cmd,
		 _scp_cmd => $scp_cmd,
		 _rsync_cmd => $rsync_cmd,
                 _sshfs_cmd => $sshfs_cmd,
                 _sftp_server_cmd => $sftp_server_cmd,
                 _pid => undef,
                 _host => $host,
		 _host_squared => $host_squared,
                 _user => $user,
                 _port => $port,
                 _passwd => $obfuscate->($passwd),
                 _passwd_prompt => $passwd_prompt,
                 _passphrase => $passphrase,
                 _key_path => $key_path,
                 _login_handler => $login_handler,
                 _timeout => $timeout,
                 _proxy_command => $proxy_command,
                 _gateway_args => $gateway,
                 _kill_ssh_on_timeout => $kill_ssh_on_timeout,
                 _batch_mode => $batch_mode,
                 _home => $home,
                 _forward_agent => $forward_agent,
                 _forward_X11 => $forward_X11,
                 _external_master => $external_master,
                 _default_ssh_opts => $default_ssh_opts,
		 _default_stdin_fh => $default_stdin_fh,
		 _default_stdout_fh => $default_stdout_fh,
		 _default_stderr_fh => $default_stderr_fh,
		 _master_stdout_fh => $master_stdout_fh,
		 _master_stderr_fh => $master_stderr_fh,
		 _master_stdout_discard => $master_stdout_discard,
		 _master_stderr_discard => $master_stderr_discard,
                 _master_setpgrp => $master_setpgrp,
		 _remote_shell => $remote_shell,
                 _default_stream_encoding => $default_stream_encoding,
                 _default_argument_encoding => $default_argument_encoding,
		 _expand_vars => $expand_vars,
		 _vars => $vars,
                 _master_state => _STATE_START,
    bless $self, $class;


    # default file handles are opened so late in order to have the
    # $self object to report errors
    $self->{_default_stdout_fh} = $self->_open_file('>', $default_stdout_file)
	if defined $default_stdout_file;
    $self->{_default_stderr_fh} = $self->_open_file('>', $default_stderr_file)
	if defined $default_stderr_file;
    $self->{_default_stdin_fh} = $self->_open_file('<', $default_stdin_file)
	if defined $default_stdin_file;

    if ($self->error == OSSH_SLAVE_PIPE_FAILED) {
        $self->_master_fail($async, "Unable to create default slave stream", $self->{_error});
        return $self;

    $self->{_ssh_opts} = [$self->_expand_vars(@ssh_opts)];
    $self->{_master_opts} = [$self->_expand_vars(@master_opts)];

    $ctl_path = $self->_expand_vars($ctl_path);
    $ctl_dir = $self->_expand_vars($ctl_dir);

    unless (defined $ctl_path) {
        $external_master and croak "external_master is set but ctl_path is not defined";

        unless (defined $ctl_dir) {
            unless (defined $self->{_home}) {
                $self->_master_fail($async, "unable to determine home directory for uid $>");
                return $self;

            $ctl_dir = File::Spec->catdir($self->{_home}, ".libnet-openssh-perl");

        mkdir $ctl_dir, 0700;
        unless (-d $ctl_dir) {
            $self->_master_fail($async, "unable to create ctl_dir $ctl_dir");
            return $self;

        my $target = join('-', grep defined, $user, $host, $port);

        for (1..10) {
            $ctl_path = File::Spec->join($ctl_dir, sprintf("%s-%d-%d", substr($target, 0, 20), $$, rand(1e6)));
            last unless -e $ctl_path
        if (-e $ctl_path) {
            $self->_master_fail($async, "unable to find unused name for ctl_path inside ctl_dir $ctl_dir");
            return $self;
    $ctl_dir = File::Spec->catpath((File::Spec->splitpath($ctl_path))[0,1], "");
    $debug and $debug & 2 and _debug "ctl_path: $ctl_path, ctl_dir: $ctl_dir";

    if ($strict_mode and !$self->_is_secure_path($ctl_dir)) {
 	$self->_master_fail($async, "ctl_dir $ctl_dir is not secure");
 	return $self;

    $self->{_ctl_path} = $ctl_path;

    $self->_master_wait($async) if $connect;


sub get_user { shift->{_user} }
sub get_host { shift->{_host} }
sub get_port { shift->{_port} }
sub get_master_pid { shift->{_pid} }
sub get_ctl_path { shift->{_ctl_path} }
sub get_expand_vars { shift->{_expand_vars} }

sub set_expand_vars {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->{_expand_vars} = (shift(@_) ? 1 : 0);

sub set_var {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my $k = shift;
    $k =~ /^(?:USER|HOST|PORT)$/
	and croak "internal variable %$k% can not be set";
    $self->{_vars}{$k} = shift;

sub get_var {
    my ($self, $k) = @_;
    my $v = ( $k =~ /^(?:USER|HOST|PORT)$/
	      ? $self->{lc "_$k"}
	      : $self->{_vars}{$k} );
    (defined $v ? $v : '');

sub _expand_vars {
    my ($self, @str) = @_;
    if (ref $self and $self->{_expand_vars}) {
	for (@str) {
	    s{%(\w*)%}{length ($1) ? $self->get_var($1) : '%'}ge
		if defined $_;
    wantarray ? @str : $str[0]

sub error { shift->{_error} }

sub die_on_error {
    my $ssh = shift;
    $ssh->{_error} and croak(@_ ? "@_: $ssh->{_error}" : $ssh->{_error});

sub _is_secure_path {
    my ($self, $path) = @_;
    my @parts = File::Spec->splitdir(Cwd::realpath($path));
    my $home = $self->{_home};
    for my $last (reverse 0..$#parts) {
        my $dir = File::Spec->catdir(@parts[0..$last]);
        unless (-d $dir) {
            $debug and $debug & 2 and _debug "$dir is not a directory";
            return undef;
        my ($mode, $uid) = (stat $dir)[2, 4];
        $debug and $debug & 2 and _debug "_is_secure_path(dir: $dir, file mode: $mode, file uid: $uid, euid: $>";
        return undef unless(($uid == $> or $uid == 0 ) and (($mode & 022) == 0 or ($mode & 01000)));
        return 1 if (defined $home and $home eq $dir);
    return 1;

sub _detect_ssh_version {
    my $self = shift;
    if (defined $self->{_ssh_version}) {
        $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "ssh version given as $self->{_ssh_version}";
    else {
        my (undef, $out, undef, $pid) = $self->open_ex({_cmd => 'raw',
                                                        _no_master_required => 1,
                                                        stdout_pipe => 1,
                                                        stdin_discard => 1,
                                                        stderr_to_stdout => 1 },
                                                       $self->{_ssh_cmd}, '-V');
        my ($txt) = $self->_io3($out, undef, undef, undef, 10, 'bytes');
        local $self->{_kill_ssh_on_timeout} = 1;
        $self->_waitpid($pid, 10);
        if (my ($full, $num) = $txt =~ /^OpenSSH_((\d+\.\d+)\S*)/mi) {
            $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "OpenSSH version is $full";
            $self->{_ssh_version} = $num;
        else {
            $self->{_ssh_version} = 0;
            $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "unable to determine version, '$self->{_ssh_cmd} -V', output:\n$txt"

sub _make_ssh_call {
    my $self = shift;
    my @before = @{shift || []};
    my @args = ($self->{_ssh_cmd}, @before,
		-S => $self->{_ctl_path},
                @{$self->{_ssh_opts}}, $self->{_host},
                (@_ ? "@_" : ()));
    $debug and $debug & 8 and _debug_dump 'call args' => \@args;

sub _scp_cmd {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->{_scp_cmd} ||= do {
	my $scp = $self->{_ssh_cmd};
	$scp =~ s/ssh$/scp/i or croak "scp command name not set";

sub _make_scp_call {
    my $self = shift;
    my @before = @{shift || []};
    my @args = ($self->_scp_cmd, @before,
		-o => "ControlPath=$self->{_ctl_path}",
                -S => $self->{_ssh_cmd},
                (defined $self->{_port} ? (-P => $self->{_port}) : ()),
                '--', @_);

    $debug and $debug & 8 and _debug_dump 'scp call args' => \@args;

sub _rsync_quote {
    my ($self, @args) = @_;
    for (@args) {
	if (/['"\s]/) {
	    $_ = qq|"$_"|;
    wantarray ? @args : join(' ', @args);

sub _make_rsync_call {
    my $self = shift;
    my $before = shift;
    my @transport = ($self->{_ssh_cmd}, @$before,
                    -S => $self->{_ctl_path});
    my $transport = $self->_rsync_quote(@transport);
    my @args = ( $self->{_rsync_cmd},
		 -e => $transport,

    $debug and $debug & 8 and _debug_dump 'rsync call args' => \@args;

sub _make_W_option {
    my $self = shift;
    if (@_ == 1) {
        my $path = shift;
        $path = "./$path" unless $path =~ m|/|;
        $path =~ s/([\\:])/\\$1/g;
        return "-W$path";
    if (@_ == 2) {
        return "-W" . join(':', @_);
    croak "bad number of arguments for creating a tunnel"

sub _make_tunnel_call {
    my $self = shift;
    my @before = @{shift||[]};
    push @before, $self->_make_W_option(@_);
    my @args = $self->_make_ssh_call(\@before);
    $debug and $debug & 8 and _debug_dump 'tunnel call args' => \@args;

sub master_exited {
    my $self = shift;

sub _master_gone {
    my $self = shift;
    my $async = shift;
    delete $self->{_pid};
    $self->_master_fail($async, (@_ ? @_ : "master process exited unexpectedly"));

my @kill_signal = qw(0 0 TERM TERM TERM KILL);

sub _master_kill {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;

    if (my $pid = $self->_my_master_pid) {
        $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug '_master_kill: ', $pid;

        my $now = time;
        my $start = $self->{_master_kill_start} ||= $now;
        $self->{_master_kill_last} ||= $now;
        $self->{_master_kill_count} ||= 0;

        local $SIG{CHLD} = sub {} unless $async;
        while (1) {
            if ($self->{_master_kill_last} < $now) {
                $self->{_master_kill_last} = $now;
                my $sig = $kill_signal[$self->{_master_kill_count}++];
                $sig = 'KILL' unless defined $sig;
                $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug "killing master $$ with signal $sig";
                kill $sig, $pid;
            my $deceased = waitpid($pid, WNOHANG);
            $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug "waitpid(master: $pid) => pid: $deceased, rc: $!";
            last if $deceased == $pid or ($deceased < 0 and $! == Errno::ECHILD());
            if ($self->{_master_kill_count} > 20) {
                # FIXME: remove the hard-coded 20 retries?
                $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug "unable to kill SSH master process, giving up";
            return if $async;
            select(undef, undef, undef, 0.2);
            $now = time;
    else {
        $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug("not killing master SSH (", $self->{_pid}, ") started from " .
                                          "process ", $self->{_perl_pid}, "/", $self->{_thread_generation},
                                          ", current ", $$, "/", $thread_generation, ")");

sub disconnect {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;
    @_ <= 2 or croak 'Usage: $self->disconnect([$async])';
    $self->_disconnect($async, 1);

sub disown_master {
    my $self = shift;
    if (my $pid = $self->_my_master_pid) {
        if ($self->wait_for_master) {
            $self->{_external_master} = 1;
            return $pid;

sub _my_master_pid {
    my $self = shift;
    unless ($self->{_external_master}) {
        my $pid = $self->{_pid};
        return $pid if
            $pid and $self->{_perl_pid} == $$ and $self->{_thread_generation} == $thread_generation;

sub _disconnect {
    my ($self, $async, $send_ctl) = @_;
    return if $self->{_master_state} == _STATE_GONE;

    if (!$async and
        $self->{_master_state} == _STATE_RUNNING and
        ($send_ctl or $self->_my_master_pid)) {
        # we have successfully created the master connection so we
        # can send control commands:
        $debug and $debug & 32 and _debug("sending exit control to master");
    $self->_master_fail($async, 'aborted')

sub _check_is_system_fh {
    my ($name, $fh) = @_;
    my $fn = fileno(defined $fh ? $fh : $name);
    defined $fn and $fn >= 0 and return;
    croak "child process $name is not a real system file handle";

sub _master_redirect {
    my $self = shift;
    my $uname = uc shift;
    my $name = lc $uname;

    no strict 'refs';
    if ($self->{"_master_${name}_discard"}) {
	open *$uname, '>>', '/dev/null';
    else {
	my $fh = $self->{"_master_${name}_fh"};
	$fh = $self->{"_default_${name}_fh"} unless defined $fh;
	if (defined $fh) {
	    _check_is_system_fh $uname => $fh;
	    if (fileno $fh != fileno *$uname) {
		open *$uname, '>>&', $fh or POSIX::_exit(255);

sub _waitpid {
    my ($self, $pid, $timeout) = @_;
    $? = 0;
    if ($pid) {
        $timeout = $self->{_timeout} unless defined $timeout;

        my $time_limit;
        if (defined $timeout and $self->{_kill_ssh_on_timeout}) {
            $timeout = 0 if $self->error == OSSH_SLAVE_TIMEOUT;
            $time_limit = time + $timeout;
        local $SIG{CHLD} = sub {};
	while (1) {
            my $deceased;
            if (defined $time_limit) {
                while (1) {
                    # TODO: we assume that all OSs return 0 when the
                    # process is still running, that may be wrong!
                    $deceased = waitpid($pid, WNOHANG) and last;
                    my $remaining = $time_limit - time;
                    if ($remaining <= 0) {
                        $debug and $debug & 16 and _debug "killing SSH slave, pid: $pid";
                        kill TERM => $pid;
                        $self->_or_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_TIMEOUT, "ssh slave failed", "timed out");
                    # There is a race condition here. We try to
                    # minimize it keeping the waitpid and the select
                    # together and limiting the sleep time to 1s:
                    my $sleep = ($remaining < 0.1 ? 0.1 : 1);
                    $debug and $debug & 16 and
                        _debug "waiting for slave, timeout: $timeout, remaining: $remaining, sleep: $sleep";
                    $deceased = waitpid($pid, WNOHANG) and last;
                    select(undef, undef, undef, $sleep);
            else {
                $deceased = waitpid($pid, 0);
            $debug and $debug & 16 and _debug "_waitpid($pid) => pid: $deceased, rc: $?, err: $!";
	    if ($deceased == $pid) {
		if ($?) {
		    my $signal = ($? & 255);
		    my $errstr = "child exited with code " . ($? >> 8);
		    $errstr .= ", signal $signal" if $signal;
		    $self->_or_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_CMD_FAILED, $errstr);
		    return undef;
		return 1;
	    elsif ($deceased < 0) {
		# at this point $deceased < 0 and so, $! has a valid error value.
		next if $! == Errno::EINTR();
		if ($! == Errno::ECHILD) {
		    $self->_or_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_FAILED, "child process $pid does not exist", $!);
		    return undef
		warn "Internal error: unexpected error (".($!+0).": $!) from waitpid($pid) = $deceased. Report it, please!";
	    elsif ($deceased > 0) {
		warn "Internal error: spurious process $deceased exited"

	    # wait a bit before trying again
	    select(undef, undef, undef, 0.1);
    else {
	$self->_or_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_FAILED, "spawning of new process failed");
	return undef;

sub check_master {
    my $self = shift;
    @_ and croak 'Usage: $ssh->check_master()';

sub wait_for_master {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;
    @_ <= 2 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->wait_for_master([$async])';
    $self->{_error} = 0
        unless $self->{_error} == OSSH_MASTER_FAILED;

sub _master_start {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;

    my $timeout = int((($self->{_timeout} || 90) + 2)/3);
    my $ssh_flags= '-2MN';
    $ssh_flags .= ($self->{_forward_agent} ? 'A' : 'a') if defined $self->{_forward_agent};
    $ssh_flags .= ($self->{_forward_X11} ? 'X' : 'x');
    my @master_opts = (@{$self->{_master_opts}},
                       -o => "ServerAliveInterval=$timeout",
                       ($self->{_ssh_version} >= 5.6 ? (-o => "ControlPersist=no") : ()),

    my ($mpty, $use_pty, $pref_auths);
    $use_pty = 1 if defined $self->{_login_handler};
    if (defined $self->{_passwd}) {
        $use_pty = 1;
        $pref_auths = ($self->{_passphrase}
                       ? 'publickey'
                       : 'keyboard-interactive,password');
        push @master_opts, -o => 'NumberOfPasswordPrompts=1';
    elsif ($self->{_batch_mode}) {
        push @master_opts, -o => 'BatchMode=yes';

    if (defined $self->{_key_path}) {
        $pref_auths = 'publickey';
        push @master_opts, -i => $self->{_key_path};

    my $proxy_command = $self->{_proxy_command};

    my $gateway;
    if (my $gateway_args = $self->{_gateway_args}) {
        if (ref $gateway_args eq 'HASH') {
            my $errors;
            unless ($gateway = Net::OpenSSH::Gateway->find_gateway(errors => $errors,
                                                                   host => $self->{_host}, port => $self->{_port},
                                                                   %$gateway_args)) {
                return $self->_master_fail($async, 'Unable to build gateway object', join(', ', @$errors));
        else {
            $gateway = $gateway_args
        $self->{_gateway} = $gateway;
        $gateway->before_ssh_connect or
            return $self->_master_fail($async, 'Gateway setup failed', join(', ', $gateway->errors));
        $proxy_command = $gateway->proxy_command;

    if (defined $proxy_command) {
        push @master_opts, -o => "ProxyCommand=$proxy_command";

    if ($use_pty) {
        $self->{_mpty} = $mpty = IO::Pty->new;

    push @master_opts, -o => "PreferredAuthentications=$pref_auths"
        if defined $pref_auths;

    my @call = $self->_make_ssh_call(\@master_opts);

    local $SIG{CHLD};
    my $pid = fork;
    unless ($pid) {
        defined $pid
            or return $self->_master_fail($async, "unable to fork ssh master: $!");

        if ($debug and $debug & 512) {
            require Net::OpenSSH::OSTracer;

        $mpty->make_slave_controlling_terminal if $mpty;


        delete $ENV{SSH_ASKPASS} if defined $self->{_passwd};
        delete $ENV{SSH_AUTH_SOCK} if defined $self->{_passphrase};

        setpgrp if $self->{_master_setpgrp};

	local $SIG{__DIE__};
        eval { exec @call };
    $self->{_pid} = $pid;

sub _master_check {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;
    my $out = $self->_master_ctl('check');
    my $error = $self->{_error};
    unless ($error) {
        my $pid = $self->{_pid};
        if ($out =~ /pid=(\d+)/) {
            return 1 if !$pid or $1 == $pid;
            $error = "bad ssh master at $self->{_ctl_path} socket owned by pid $1 (pid $pid expected)";
        else {
            $error = ($out =~ /illegal option/i
                      ? 'OpenSSH 4.1 or later required'
                      : 'unknown error');
    $self->_master_fail($async, $error);

sub _master_fail {
    my $self = shift;
    my $async = shift;
    if ($self->{_error} != OSSH_MASTER_FAILED) {
        $self->_set_error(OSSH_MASTER_FAILED, @_);
    $self->_master_jump_state($self->{_pid} ? _STATE_KILLING : _STATE_GONE, $async);

sub _master_jump_state {
    my ($self, $state, $async) = @_;
    $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "master state jumping from $self->{_master_state} to $state";
    if ($state == $self->{_master_state} and
        $state != _STATE_KILLING and
        $state != _STATE_GONE) {
        croak "internal error: state jump to itself ($state)!";
    $self->{_master_state} = $state;
    return $self->_master_wait($async);

sub _master_wait {
    my ($self, $async) = @_;

    my $pid = $self->_my_master_pid;
    if ($pid) {
	my $deceased = waitpid($pid, WNOHANG);
        if ($deceased == $pid or ($deceased < 0 and $! == Errno::ECHILD)) {
            $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "master $pid exited, rc:", $?,", err: ",$!;
            return $self->_master_gone($async);

    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_RUNNING) {
        return 1 if -S $self->{_ctl_path};
        return $self->_master_fail($async, "master SSH connection broken");

    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_KILLING) {
        $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "killing master";
        return $self->_master_kill($async);

    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_START) {
        if ($self->{_external_master}) {
            return ($self->_master_jump_state(_STATE_RUNNING, $async) and

        $self->_master_start($async) or return;
        if (defined $self->{_passwd} or $self->{_login_handler}) {
            $self->{_wfm_bout} = '';
            return $self->_master_jump_state(_STATE_LOGIN, $async);
        return $self->_master_jump_state(_STATE_AWAITING_MUX, $async);

    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_GONE or
        $self->{_master_state} == _STATE_STOPPED) {
        return 0;

    # At this point we are either in state AWAITIN_MUX or LOGIN

    local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}},
				    "unable to establish master SSH connection"];

    $pid or return $self->_master_gone($async,
                                       "perl process was forked or threaded before SSH connection had been established");

    my $old_tcpgrp;
    if ($self->{_master_setpgrp} and not $async and
        not $self->{_batch_mode} and not $self->{_external_master}) {
        $old_tcpgrp = POSIX::tcgetpgrp(0);
        if ($old_tcpgrp > 0) {
            # let the master process ask for passwords at the TTY
            POSIX::tcsetpgrp(0, $pid);
        else {
            undef $old_tcpgrp;

    my $mpty = $self->{_mpty};
    my $fnopty;
    my $rv = '';
    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_LOGIN) {
        $fnopty = fileno $mpty;
        vec($rv, $fnopty, 1) = 1

    my $timeout = $self->{_timeout};
    my $dt = ($async ? 0 : 0.1);
    my $start_time = time;
    my $error;

    # Loop until the mux socket appears or something goes wrong:
    while (1) {
        if (-e $self->{_ctl_path}) {
            $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "file object found at $self->{_ctl_path}";
        $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "file object not yet found at $self->{_ctl_path}, state:", $self->{_master_state};

        if (defined $timeout and (time - $start_time) > $timeout) {
            $error = "login timeout";

	my $deceased = waitpid($pid, WNOHANG);
        if ($deceased == $pid or ($deceased < 0 and $! == Errno::ECHILD)) {
            $error = "master process exited unexpectedly";
            $error = "bad pass" . ($self->{_passphrase} ? 'phrase' : 'word') . " or $error"
                if defined $self->{_passwd};
            delete $self->{_pid};

        if ($self->{_login_handler} and $self->{_master_state} == _STATE_LOGIN) {
            local ($@, $SIG{__DIE__});
            if (eval { $self->{_login_handler}->($self, $mpty, \$self->{_wfm_bout}) }) {
                $self->{_master_state} = _STATE_AWAITING_MUX;
            if ($@) {
                $error = "custom login handler failed: $@";
            # fallback
        else {
            # we keep reading from mpty even after leaving state
            # STATE_LOGIN in order to search for additional password
            # prompts.
            my $rv1 = $rv;
            my $n = select($rv1, undef, undef, $dt);
            if ($n > 0) {
                vec($rv1, $fnopty, 1) or die "internal error";
                my $read = sysread($mpty, $self->{_wfm_bout}, 4096, length $self->{_wfm_bout});
                if ($read) {
                    my $passwd_prompt = _first_defined $self->{_passwd_prompt}, qr/[:?]/;
                    $passwd_prompt = quotemeta $passwd_prompt unless ref $passwd_prompt;

                    if ($self->{_master_state} == _STATE_LOGIN) {
                        if ($self->{_wfm_bout} =~ /The authenticity of host.*can't be established/si) {
                            $error = "the authenticity of the target host can't be established; the remote host " .
                                "public key is probably not present on the '~/.ssh/known_hosts' file";

                        if ($self->{_wfm_bout} =~ /WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED/si) {
                            $error = "the authenticity of the target host can't be established; the remote host " .
                                "public key doesn't match the one stored locally";

                        if ($self->{_wfm_bout} =~ /^(.*$passwd_prompt)/s) {
                            $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "passwd/passphrase requested ($1)";
                            print $mpty $deobfuscate->($self->{_passwd}) . "\n";
                            $self->{_wfm_bout} = ''; # reset
                            $self->{_master_state} = _STATE_AWAITING_MUX;
                    elsif (length($passwd_prompt) and $self->{_wfm_bout} =~ /^(.*$passwd_prompt)\s*$/s) {
                        $debug and $debug & 4 and _debug "passwd/passphrase requested again ($1)";
                        $error = "password authentication failed";
                    next; # skip delay
        return if $async;
        select(undef, undef, undef, $dt);

    if (defined $old_tcpgrp) {
        $debug and $debug & 4 and
            _debug("ssh pid: $pid, pgrp: ", getpgrp($pid),
                   ", \$\$: ", $$,
                   ", tcpgrp: ", POSIX::tcgetpgrp(0),
                   ", old_tcppgrp: ", $old_tcpgrp);
        local $SIG{TTOU} = 'IGNORE';
        POSIX::tcsetpgrp(0, $old_tcpgrp);

    if ($error) {
        return $self->_master_fail($async, $error);

    $self->_master_jump_state(_STATE_RUNNING, $async)
        and $self->_master_check($async);

sub _master_ctl {
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $cmd = shift;

    local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}},
                                    "control command failed"];
    $self->capture({ %opts,
                     encoding => 'bytes', # don't let the encoding
					  # stuff get in the way
		     stdin_discard => 1, tty => 0,
                     stderr_to_stdout => 1, ssh_opts => [-O => $cmd]});

sub stop {
    my ($self, $timeout) = @_;
    my $pid = $self->{_pid};
    local $self->{_kill_ssh_on_timeout} = 1;
    $self->_master_ctl({timeout => $timeout}, 'stop');
    unless ($self->{_error}) {
        $self->_set_error(OSSH_MASTER_FAILED, "master stopped");
        $self->_master_jump_state(_STATE_STOPPED, 1);

sub _make_pipe {
    my $self = shift;
    my ($r, $w);
    if (pipe $r, $w) {
        my $old = select;
        select $r; $ |= 1;
        select $w; $ |= 1;
        select $old;
        return ($r, $w);
    $self->_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_PIPE_FAILED, "unable to create pipe: $!");

sub _remote_quoter {
    my ($self, $remote_shell) = @_;
    if (ref $self and (!defined $remote_shell or $remote_shell eq $self->{_remote_shell})) {
        return $self->{remote_quoter} ||= Net::OpenSSH::ShellQuoter->quoter($self->{_remote_shell});

sub _quote_args {
    my $self = shift;
    my $opts = shift;
    ref $opts eq 'HASH' or die "internal error";
    my $quote = delete $opts->{quote_args};
    my $quote_extended = delete $opts->{quote_args_extended};
    my $glob_quoting = delete $opts->{glob_quoting};
    $quote = (@_ > 1) unless defined $quote;

    if ($quote) {
        my $remote_shell = delete $opts->{remote_shell};
        my $quoter = $self->_remote_quoter($remote_shell);
        my $quote_method = ($glob_quoting ? 'quote_glob' : 'quote');
	# foo   => $quoter
	# \foo  => $quoter_glob
	# \\foo => no quoting at all and disable extended quoting as it is not safe
	my @quoted;
	for (@_) {
	    if (ref $_) {
		if (ref $_ eq 'SCALAR') {
		    push @quoted, $quoter->quote_glob($self->_expand_vars($$_));
		elsif (ref $_ eq 'REF' and ref $$_ eq 'SCALAR') {
		    push @quoted, $self->_expand_vars($$$_);
		    undef $quote_extended;
		else {
		    croak "invalid reference in remote command argument list"
	    else {
		push @quoted, $quoter->$quote_method($self->_expand_vars($_));

	if ($quote_extended) {
            my @fragments;
            if ( $opts->{stdout_discard} and
                 ( $opts->{stderr_discard} or $opts->{stderr_to_stdout} ) ) {
                @fragments = ('stdout_and_stderr_discard');
                push @fragments, 'stdin_discard' if $opts->{stdin_discard};
            else {
                @fragments = grep $opts->{$_}, qw(stdin_discard stdout_discard
                                                  stderr_discard stderr_to_stdout);
            push @quoted, $quoter->shell_fragments(@fragments);
	wantarray ? @quoted : join(" ", @quoted);
    else {
	croak "reference found in argument list when argument quoting is disabled"
	    if (grep ref, @_);

	my @args = $self->_expand_vars(@_);
	wantarray ? @args : join(" ", @args);

sub shell_quote {
    shift->_quote_args({quote_args => 1}, @_);

sub shell_quote_glob {
    shift->_quote_args({quote_args => 1, glob_quoting => 1}, @_);

sub _array_or_scalar_to_list { map { defined($_) ? (ref $_ eq 'ARRAY' ? @$_ : $_ ) : () } @_ }

sub make_remote_command {
    my $self = shift;
    $self->wait_for_master or return;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my @ssh_opts = _array_or_scalar_to_list delete $opts{ssh_opts};
    my $tty = delete $opts{tty};
    my $ssh_flags = '';
    $ssh_flags .= ($tty ? 'qtt' : 'T') if defined $tty;
    if ($self->{_forward_agent}) {
        my $forward_agent = delete $opts{forward_agent};
        $ssh_flags .= ($forward_agent ? 'A' : 'a') if defined $forward_agent;
    if ($self->{_forward_X11}) {
        my $forward_X11 = delete $opts{forward_X11};
        $ssh_flags .= ($forward_X11 ? 'X' : 'x');
    my $tunnel = delete $opts{tunnel};
    my (@args);
    if ($tunnel) {
        push @ssh_opts, $self->_make_W_option(@_);
    else {
        @args = $self->_quote_args(\%opts, @_);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    push @ssh_opts, "-$ssh_flags" if length $ssh_flags;
    my @call = $self->_make_ssh_call(\@ssh_opts, @args);
    if (wantarray) {
	$debug and $debug & 16 and _debug_dump make_remote_command => \@call;
	return @call;
    else {
	my $call = join ' ', $self->shell_quote(@call);
	$debug and $debug & 16 and _debug_dump 'make_remote_command (quoted)' => $call;
	return $call

sub _open_file {
    my ($self, $default_mode, $name_or_args) = @_;
    my ($mode, @args) = (ref $name_or_args
			 ? @$name_or_args
			 : ($default_mode, $name_or_args));
    @args = $self->_expand_vars(@args);
    if (open my $fh, $mode, @args) {
	return $fh;
    else {
			  "Unable to open file '$args[0]': $!");
	return undef;

sub _fileno_dup_over {
    my ($good_fn, $fh) = @_;
    if (defined $fh) {
        my $fn = fileno $fh;
        for (1..5) {
            $fn >= $good_fn and return $fn;
            $fn = POSIX::dup($fn);

sub _exec_dpipe {
    my ($self, $cmd, $io, $err) = @_;
    my $io_fd  = _fileno_dup_over(3 => $io);
    my $err_fd = _fileno_dup_over(3 => $err);
    POSIX::dup2($io_fd, 0);
    POSIX::dup2($io_fd, 1);
    POSIX::dup2($err_fd, 2) if defined $err_fd;
    if (ref $cmd) {
        exec @$cmd;
    else {
        exec $cmd;

sub _delete_stream_encoding {
    my ($self, $opts) = @_;
    _first_defined(delete $opts->{stream_encoding},

sub _delete_argument_encoding {
    my ($self, $opts) = @_;
    _first_defined(delete $opts->{argument_encoding},
                   delete $opts->{encoding},

sub open_ex {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    unless (delete $opts{_no_master_required}) {
        $self->wait_for_master or return;

    my $ssh_flags = '';
    my $tunnel = delete $opts{tunnel};
    my ($cmd, $close_slave_pty, @args);
    if ($tunnel) {
	@args = @_;
    else {
        my $argument_encoding = $self->_delete_argument_encoding(\%opts);
	my $tty = delete $opts{tty};
	$ssh_flags .= ($tty ? 'qtt' : 'T') if defined $tty;

	$cmd = delete $opts{_cmd} || 'ssh';
	$opts{quote_args_extended} = 1
	    if (not defined $opts{quote_args_extended} and $cmd eq 'ssh');
        @args = $self->_quote_args(\%opts, @_);
        $self->_encode_args($argument_encoding, @args) or return;

    my ($stdinout_socket, $stdinout_dpipe_make_parent);
    my $stdinout_dpipe = delete $opts{stdinout_dpipe};
    if ($stdinout_dpipe) {
        $stdinout_dpipe_make_parent = delete $opts{stdinout_dpipe_make_parent};
        $stdinout_socket = 1;
    else {
        $stdinout_socket = delete $opts{stdinout_socket};

    my ($stdin_discard, $stdin_pipe, $stdin_fh, $stdin_file, $stdin_pty,
        $stdout_discard, $stdout_pipe, $stdout_fh, $stdout_file, $stdout_pty,
        $stderr_discard, $stderr_pipe, $stderr_fh, $stderr_file, $stderr_to_stdout);
    unless ($stdinout_socket) {
        unless ($stdin_discard = delete $opts{stdin_discard} or
                $stdin_pipe = delete $opts{stdin_pipe} or
                $stdin_fh = delete $opts{stdin_fh} or
                $stdin_file = delete $opts{stdin_file}) {
            unless ($tunnel) {
                if ($stdin_pty = delete $opts{stdin_pty}) {
                    $close_slave_pty = _first_defined delete $opts{close_slave_pty}, 1;

        ( $stdout_discard = delete $opts{stdout_discard} or
          $stdout_pipe = delete $opts{stdout_pipe} or
          $stdout_fh = delete $opts{stdout_fh} or
          $stdout_file = delete $opts{stdout_file} or
          (not $tunnel and $stdout_pty = delete $opts{stdout_pty}) );

        $stdout_pty and !$stdin_pty
            and croak "option stdout_pty requires stdin_pty set";

    ( $stderr_discard = delete $opts{stderr_discard} or
      $stderr_pipe = delete $opts{stderr_pipe} or
      $stderr_fh = delete $opts{stderr_fh} or
      $stderr_to_stdout = delete $opts{stderr_to_stdout} or
      $stderr_file = delete $opts{stderr_file} );

    my $ssh_opts = delete $opts{ssh_opts};
    $ssh_opts = $self->{_default_ssh_opts} unless defined $ssh_opts;
    my @ssh_opts = $self->_expand_vars(_array_or_scalar_to_list $ssh_opts);

    if ($self->{_forward_agent}) {
        my $forward_agent = delete $opts{forward_agent};
        $ssh_flags .= ($forward_agent ? 'A' : 'a') if defined $forward_agent;
    if ($self->{_forward_X11}) {
        my $forward_X11 = delete $opts{forward_X11};
        $ssh_flags .= ($forward_X11 ? 'X' : 'x');

    my $setpgrp = delete $opts{setpgrp};
    undef $setpgrp if defined $stdin_pty;

    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    if (defined $stdin_file) {
	$stdin_fh = $self->_open_file('<', $stdin_file) or return
    if (defined $stdout_file) {
	$stdout_fh = $self->_open_file('>', $stdout_file) or return
    if (defined $stderr_file) {
	$stderr_fh = $self->_open_file('>', $stderr_file) or return

    my ($rin, $win, $rout, $wout, $rerr, $werr);

    if ($stdinout_socket) {
        unless(socketpair $rin, $win, AF_UNIX, SOCK_STREAM, PF_UNSPEC) {
            $self->_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_PIPE_FAILED, "socketpair failed: $!");
        $wout = $rin;
    else {
        if ($stdin_pipe) {
            ($rin, $win) = $self->_make_pipe or return;
        elsif ($stdin_pty) {
            $win = IO::Pty->new;
            unless ($win) {
                $self->_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_PIPE_FAILED, "unable to allocate pseudo-tty: $!");
            $rin = $win->slave;
        elsif (defined $stdin_fh) {
            $rin = $stdin_fh;
        else {
            $rin = $self->{_default_stdin_fh}
        _check_is_system_fh STDIN => $rin;

        if ($stdout_pipe) {
            ($rout, $wout) = $self->_make_pipe or return;
        elsif ($stdout_pty) {
            $wout = $rin;
        elsif (defined $stdout_fh) {
            $wout = $stdout_fh;
        else {
            $wout = $self->{_default_stdout_fh};
        _check_is_system_fh STDOUT => $wout;

    unless ($stderr_to_stdout) {
	if ($stderr_pipe) {
	    ($rerr, $werr) = $self->_make_pipe or return;
	elsif (defined $stderr_fh) {
	    $werr = $stderr_fh;
	else {
	    $werr = $self->{_default_stderr_fh};
	_check_is_system_fh STDERR => $werr;

    push @ssh_opts, "-$ssh_flags" if length $ssh_flags;

    my @call = ( $tunnel         ? $self->_make_tunnel_call(\@ssh_opts, @args) :
                 $cmd eq 'ssh'   ? $self->_make_ssh_call(\@ssh_opts, @args)    :
		 $cmd eq 'scp'   ? $self->_make_scp_call(\@ssh_opts, @args)    :
		 $cmd eq 'rsync' ? $self->_make_rsync_call(\@ssh_opts, @args)  :
                 $cmd eq 'raw'   ? @args                                       :
		 die "Internal error: bad _cmd protocol" );

    $debug and $debug & 16 and _debug_dump open_ex => \@call;

    my $pid = fork;
    unless ($pid) {
        unless (defined $pid) {
                              "unable to fork new ssh slave: $!");

        setpgrp if $setpgrp;

        $stdin_discard  and (open $rin,  '<', '/dev/null' or POSIX::_exit(255));
        $stdout_discard and (open $wout, '>', '/dev/null' or POSIX::_exit(255));
        $stderr_discard and (open $werr, '>', '/dev/null' or POSIX::_exit(255));

        if ($stdinout_dpipe) {
            my $pid1 = fork;
            defined $pid1 or POSIX::_exit(255);

            unless ($pid1 xor $stdinout_dpipe_make_parent) {
                eval { $self->_exec_dpipe($stdinout_dpipe, $win, $werr) };

        my $rin_fd  = _fileno_dup_over(0 => $rin);
        my $wout_fd = _fileno_dup_over(1 => $wout);
        my $werr_fd = _fileno_dup_over(2 => $werr);

        if (defined $rin_fd) {
            $win->make_slave_controlling_terminal if $stdin_pty;
	    $rin_fd == 0 or POSIX::dup2($rin_fd, 0) or POSIX::_exit(255);
	if (defined $wout_fd) {
            $wout_fd == 1 or POSIX::dup2($wout_fd, 1) or POSIX::_exit(255);
        if (defined $werr_fd) {
            $werr_fd == 2 or POSIX::dup2($werr_fd, 2) or POSIX::_exit(255);
        elsif ($stderr_to_stdout) {
            POSIX::dup2(1, 2) or POSIX::_exit(255);
        do { exec @call };
    $win->close_slave() if $close_slave_pty;
    undef $win if defined $stdinout_dpipe;
    wantarray ? ($win, $rout, $rerr, $pid) : $pid;

sub pipe_in {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    $self->wait_for_master or return;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $argument_encoding = $self->_delete_argument_encoding(\%opts);
    my @args = $self->_quote_args(\%opts, @_);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    $self->_encode_args($argument_encoding, @args) or return;
    my @call = $self->_make_ssh_call([], @args);
    $debug and $debug & 16 and _debug_dump pipe_in => @call;
    my $pid = open my $rin, '|-', @call;
    unless ($pid) {
                          "unable to fork new ssh slave: $!");
    wantarray ? ($rin, $pid) : $rin;

sub pipe_out {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    $self->wait_for_master or return;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $argument_encoding = $self->_delete_argument_encoding(\%opts);
    my @args = $self->_quote_args(\%opts, @_);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    $self->_encode_args($argument_encoding, @args) or return;
    my @call = $self->_make_ssh_call([], @args);
    $debug and $debug & 16 and _debug_dump pipe_out => @call;
    my $pid = open my $rout, '-|', @call;
    unless ($pid) {
                          "unable to fork new ssh slave: $!");
    wantarray ? ($rout, $pid) : $rout;

sub _find_encoding {
    my ($self, $encoding, $data) = @_;
    if (defined $encoding and $encoding ne 'bytes') {
        my $enc = Encode::find_encoding($encoding);
        unless (defined $enc) {
            $self->_set_error(OSSH_ENCODING_ERROR, "bad encoding '$encoding'");
        return $enc
    return undef

sub _encode {
    my $self = shift;
    my $enc = shift;
    if (defined $enc and @_) {
        local ($@, $SIG{__DIE__});
        eval {
            for (@_) {
                defined or next;
                $_ = $enc->encode($_, Encode::FB_CROAK());
        $self->_check_eval_ok(OSSH_ENCODING_ERROR) or return undef;

sub _encode_args {
    if (@_ > 2) {
        my $self = shift;
        my $encoding = shift;

        my $enc = $self->_find_encoding($encoding);
        if ($enc) {
            local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}}, "argument encoding failed"];
            $self->_encode($enc, @_);
        return !$self->error;

sub _decode {
    my $self = shift;
    my $enc = shift;
    local ($@, $SIG{__DIE__});
    eval {
        for (@_) {
            defined or next;
            $_ = $enc->decode($_, Encode::FB_CROAK());

my @retriable = (Errno::EINTR, Errno::EAGAIN);
push @retriable, Errno::EWOULDBLOCK if Errno::EWOULDBLOCK != Errno::EAGAIN;

sub _io3 {
    my ($self, $out, $err, $in, $stdin_data, $timeout, $encoding) = @_;
    # $self->wait_for_master or return;
    my @data = _array_or_scalar_to_list $stdin_data;
    my ($cout, $cerr, $cin) = (defined($out), defined($err), defined($in));
    $timeout = $self->{_timeout} unless defined $timeout;

    my $has_input = grep { defined and length } @data;
    if ($cin and !$has_input) {
        close $in;
        undef $cin;
    elsif (!$cin and $has_input) {
        croak "remote input channel is not defined but data is available for sending"

    my $enc = $self->_find_encoding($encoding);
    if ($enc and @data) {
        local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}}, "stdin data encoding failed"];
        $self->_encode($enc, @data) if $has_input;
        return if $self->error;

    my $bout = '';
    my $berr = '';
    my ($fnoout, $fnoerr, $fnoin);
    local $SIG{PIPE} = 'IGNORE';

 MLOOP: while ($cout or $cerr or $cin) {
        $debug and $debug & 64 and _debug "io3 mloop, cin: " . ($cin || 0) .
            ", cout: " . ($cout || 0) . ", cerr: " . ($cerr || 0);
        my ($rv, $wv);

        if ($cout or $cerr) {
            $rv = '';
            if ($cout) {
                $fnoout = fileno $out;
                vec($rv, $fnoout, 1) = 1;
            if ($cerr) {
                $fnoerr = fileno $err;
                vec($rv, $fnoerr, 1) = 1

        if ($cin) {
            $fnoin = fileno $in;
            $wv = '';
            vec($wv, $fnoin, 1) = 1;

        my $recalc_vecs;
    FAST: until ($recalc_vecs) {
            $debug and $debug & 64 and
                _debug "io3 fast, cin: " . ($cin || 0) .
                    ", cout: " . ($cout || 0) . ", cerr: " . ($cerr || 0);
            my ($rv1, $wv1) = ($rv, $wv);
            my $n = select ($rv1, $wv1, undef, $timeout);
            if ($n > 0) {
                if ($cout and vec($rv1, $fnoout, 1)) {
                    my $offset = length $bout;
                    my $read = sysread($out, $bout, 20480, $offset);
                    if ($debug and $debug & 64) {
                        _debug "stdout, bytes read: ", $read, " at offset $offset";
                        $read and $debug & 128 and _hexdump substr $bout, $offset;
                    unless ($read or grep $! == $_, @retriable) {
                        close $out;
                        undef $cout;
                        $recalc_vecs = 1;
                if ($cerr and vec($rv1, $fnoerr, 1)) {
                    my $read = sysread($err, $berr, 20480, length($berr));
                    $debug and $debug & 64 and _debug "stderr, bytes read: ", $read;
                    unless ($read or grep $! == $_, @retriable) {
                        close $err;
                        undef $cerr;
                        $recalc_vecs = 1;
                if ($cin and vec($wv1, $fnoin, 1)) {
                    my $written = syswrite($in, $data[0], 20480);
                    if ($debug and $debug & 64) {
                        _debug "stdin, bytes written: ", $written;
                        $written and $debug & 128 and _hexdump substr $data[0], 0, $written;
                    if ($written) {
                        substr($data[0], 0, $written, '');
                        while (@data) {
                            next FAST
                                if (defined $data[0] and length $data[0]);
                            shift @data;
                        # fallback when stdin queue is exhausted
                    elsif (grep $! == $_, @retriable) {
                        next FAST;
                    close $in;
                    undef $cin;
                    $recalc_vecs = 1;
            else {
                next if $n < 0 and grep $! == $_, @retriable;
                $self->_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_TIMEOUT, 'ssh slave failed', 'timed out');
                last MLOOP;
    close $out if $cout;
    close $err if $cerr;
    close $in if $cin;

    if ($enc) {
        local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}}, 'output decoding failed'];
        unless ($self->_decode($enc, $bout, $berr)) {
            undef $bout;
            undef $berr;
    $debug and $debug & 64 and _debug "leaving _io3()";
    return ($bout, $berr);

_sub_options spawn => qw(stderr_to_stdout stdin_discard stdin_fh stdin_file stdout_discard
                         stdout_fh stdout_file stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                         stdinout_dpipe stdinout_dpipe_make_parent quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting
                         tty ssh_opts tunnel encoding argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub spawn {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts =  (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    return scalar $self->open_ex(\%opts, @_);

_sub_options open2 => qw(stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file quote_args quote_args_extended
                         remote_shell glob_quoting tty ssh_opts tunnel encoding argument_encoding forward_agent
                         forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open2 {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($in, $out, undef, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdout_pipe => 1,
                         stdin_pipe => 1,
                         %opts }, @_) or return ();
    return ($in, $out, $pid);

_sub_options open2pty => qw(stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                            quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting tty
                            close_slave_pty ssh_opts encoding argument_encoding forward_agent
                            forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open2pty {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($pty, undef, undef, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdout_pty => 1,
                         stdin_pty => 1,
			 tty => 1,
                       %opts }, @_) or return ();
    wantarray ? ($pty, $pid) : $pty;

_sub_options open2socket => qw(stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                               quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting tty
                               ssh_opts tunnel encoding argument_encoding forward_agent
                               forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open2socket {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($socket, undef, undef, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdinout_socket => 1,
                         %opts }, @_) or return ();
    wantarray ? ($socket, $pid) : $socket;

_sub_options open3 => qw(quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting tty ssh_opts
                         encoding argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open3 {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($in, $out, $err, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdout_pipe => 1,
                         stdin_pipe => 1,
                         stderr_pipe => 1,
			 %opts },
                       @_) or return ();
    return ($in, $out, $err, $pid);

_sub_options open3pty => qw(quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting tty close_slave_pty ssh_opts
                            encoding argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open3pty {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($pty, undef, $err, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdout_pty => 1,
                         stdin_pty => 1,
			 tty => 1,
                         stderr_pipe => 1,
			 %opts },
                       @_) or return ();
    return ($pty, $err, $pid);

_sub_options open3socket => qw(quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting tty ssh_opts encoding
                               argument_encoding forward_agent
                               forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub open3socket {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my ($socket, undef, $err, $pid) =
        $self->open_ex({ stdinout_socket => 1,
                         stderr_pipe => 1,
			 %opts }, @_) or return ();
    return ($socket, $err, $pid);

_sub_options system => qw(stdout_discard stdout_fh stdin_discard stdout_file stdin_fh stdin_file
                          quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting
                          stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                          stdinout_dpipe stdinout_dpipe_make_parent tty ssh_opts tunnel encoding
                          argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub system {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $stdin_data = delete $opts{stdin_data};
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    my $async = delete $opts{async};
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    local $SIG{INT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{QUIT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{CHLD};

    my $stream_encoding;
    if (defined $stdin_data) {
        $opts{stdin_pipe} = 1;
        $stream_encoding = $self->_delete_stream_encoding(\%opts);
    my ($in, undef, undef, $pid) = $self->open_ex(\%opts, @_) or return undef;

    $self->_io3(undef, undef, $in, $stdin_data, $timeout, $stream_encoding) if defined $stdin_data;
    return $pid if $async;
    $self->_waitpid($pid, $timeout);

_sub_options test => qw(stdout_discard stdout_fh stdin_discard stdout_file stdin_fh stdin_file
                        quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting
                        stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                        stdinout_dpipe stdinout_dpipe_make_parent tty ssh_opts timeout stdin_data
                        encoding stream_encoding argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub test {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    $opts{stdout_discard} = 1 unless grep defined($opts{$_}), qw(stdout_discard stdout_fh
                                                                 stdout_file stdinout_dpipe);
    $opts{stderr_discard} = 1 unless grep defined($opts{$_}), qw(stderr_discard stderr_fh
                                                                 stderr_file stderr_to_stdout);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    $self->system(\%opts, @_);
    my $error = $self->error;
    unless ($error) {
        return 1;
    if ($error == OSSH_SLAVE_CMD_FAILED) {
        return 0;
    return undef;

_sub_options capture => qw(stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                           stdin_discard stdin_fh stdin_file quote_args quote_args_extended
                           remote_shell glob_quoting tty ssh_opts tunnel
                           encoding argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub capture {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $stdin_data = delete $opts{stdin_data};
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my $stream_encoding = $self->_delete_stream_encoding(\%opts);
    $opts{stdout_pipe} = 1;
    $opts{stdin_pipe} = 1 if defined $stdin_data;

    local $SIG{INT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{QUIT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{CHLD};

    my ($in, $out, undef, $pid) = $self->open_ex(\%opts, @_) or return ();
    my ($output) = $self->_io3($out, undef, $in, $stdin_data, $timeout, $stream_encoding);
    $self->_waitpid($pid, $timeout);
    if (wantarray) {
        my $pattern = quotemeta $/;
        return split /(?<=$pattern)/, $output;

_sub_options capture2 => qw(stdin_discard stdin_fh stdin_file
                            quote_args quote_args_extended remote_shell glob_quoting
                            tty ssh_opts encoding stream_encoding
                            argument_encoding forward_agent forward_X11 setpgrp);
sub capture2 {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $stdin_data = delete $opts{stdin_data};
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my $stream_encoding = $self->_delete_stream_encoding(\%opts);
    $opts{stdout_pipe} = 1;
    $opts{stderr_pipe} = 1;
    $opts{stdin_pipe} = 1 if defined $stdin_data;

    local $SIG{INT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{QUIT} = 'IGNORE';
    local $SIG{CHLD};

    my ($in, $out, $err, $pid) = $self->open_ex( \%opts, @_) or return ();
    my @capture = $self->_io3($out, $err, $in, $stdin_data, $timeout, $stream_encoding);
    $self->_waitpid($pid, $timeout);
    wantarray ? @capture : $capture[0];

_sub_options open_tunnel => qw(ssh_opts stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                               encoding argument_encoding forward_agent setpgrp);
sub open_tunnel {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    $opts{stderr_discard} = 1 unless grep defined $opts{$_}, qw(stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;
    @_ == 2 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->open_tunnel(\%opts, $host, $port)';
    $opts{tunnel} = 1;
    $self->open2socket(\%opts, @_);

_sub_options capture_tunnel => qw(ssh_opts stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file stdin_discard
				  stdin_fh stdin_file stdin_data timeout encoding stream_encoding
				  argument_encoding forward_agent setpgrp);
sub capture_tunnel {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    $opts{stderr_discard} = 1 unless grep defined $opts{$_}, qw(stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file);
    _croak_bad_options %opts;
    @_ == 2 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->capture_tunnel(\%opts, $host, $port)';
    $opts{tunnel} = 1;
    $self->capture(\%opts, @_);

sub _calling_method {
    my $method = (caller 2)[3];
    $method =~ s/.*:://;

sub _scp_get_args {
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());

    @_ > 0 or croak
	'Usage: $ssh->' . _calling_method . '(\%opts, $remote_fn1, $remote_fn2, ..., $local_fn_or_dir)';

    my $glob = delete $opts{glob};

    my $target = (@_ > 1 ? pop @_ : '.');
    $target =~ m|^[^/]*:| and $target = "./$target";

    my $prefix = $self->{_host_squared};
    $prefix = "$self->{_user}\@$prefix" if defined $self->{_user};

    my $src = "$prefix:". join(" ", $self->_quote_args({quote_args => 1,
                                                        glob_quoting => $glob},
    ($self, \%opts, $target, $src);

sub scp_get {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my ($self, $opts, $target, @src) = _scp_get_args @_;
    $self->_scp($opts, @src, $target);

sub rsync_get {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my ($self, $opts, $target, @src) = _scp_get_args @_;
    $self->_rsync($opts, @src, $target);

sub _scp_put_args {
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());

    @_ > 0 or croak
	'Usage: $ssh->' . _calling_method . '(\%opts, $local_fn1, $local_fn2, ..., $remote_dir_or_fn)';

    my $glob = delete $opts{glob};
    my $glob_flags = ($glob ? delete $opts{glob_flags} || 0 : undef);

    my $prefix = $self->{_host_squared};
    $prefix = "$self->{_user}\@$prefix" if defined $self->{_user};

    my $remote_shell = delete $opts{remote_shell};
    my $target = $prefix . ':' . ( @_ > 1
                                   ? $self->_quote_args({quote_args => 1, remote_shell => $remote_shell}, pop(@_))
                                   : '');

    my @src = @_;
    if ($glob) {
	require File::Glob;
	@src = map File::Glob::bsd_glob($_, $glob_flags), @src;
	unless (@src) {
			      "given file name patterns did not match any file");
	    return undef;
    $_ = "./$_" for grep m|^[^/]*:|, @src;

    ($self, \%opts, $target, @src);

sub scp_put {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my ($self, $opts, $target, @src) = _scp_put_args @_;
    return unless $self;
    $self->_scp($opts, @src, $target);

sub rsync_put {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my ($self, $opts, $target, @src) = _scp_put_args @_;
    return unless $self;
    $self->_rsync($opts, @src, $target);

_sub_options _scp => qw(stderr_to_stdout stderr_discard stderr_fh
			stderr_file stdout_discard stdout_fh
			stdout_file encoding argument_encoding
                        forward_agent setpgrp);
sub _scp {
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $quiet = delete $opts{quiet};
    $quiet = 1 unless defined $quiet;
    my $recursive = delete $opts{recursive};
    my $copy_attrs = delete $opts{copy_attrs};
    my $bwlimit = delete $opts{bwlimit};
    my $async = delete $opts{async};
    my $ssh_opts = delete $opts{ssh_opts};
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    my $verbose = delete $opts{verbose};
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    my @opts;
    @opts = @$ssh_opts if $ssh_opts;
    push @opts, '-q' if $quiet;
    push @opts, '-v' if $verbose;
    push @opts, '-r' if $recursive;
    push @opts, '-p' if $copy_attrs;
    push @opts, '-l', $bwlimit if $bwlimit;

    local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}}, 'scp failed'];

    my $pid = $self->open_ex({ %opts,
                               _cmd => 'scp',
			       ssh_opts => \@opts,
			       quote_args => 0 },

    return $pid if $async;
    $self->_waitpid($pid, $timeout);

my %rsync_opt_with_arg = map { $_ => 1 } qw(chmod suffix backup-dir rsync-path max-delete max-size min-size partial-dir
                                            timeout modify-window temp-dir compare-dest copy-dest link-dest compress-level
                                            skip-compress filter exclude exclude-from include include-from
                                            out-format log-file log-file-format bwlimit protocol iconv checksum-seed);

my %rsync_opt_forbidden = map { $_ => 1 } qw(rsh address port sockopts blocking-io password-file write-batch
                                            only-write-batch read-batch ipv4 ipv6 version help daemon config detach
                                            files-from from0 blocking-io protect-args list-only);

$rsync_opt_forbidden{"no-$_"} = 1 for (keys %rsync_opt_with_arg, keys %rsync_opt_forbidden);

my %rsync_error = (1, 'syntax or usage error',
		   2, 'protocol incompatibility',
		   3, 'errors selecting input/output files, dirs',
		   4, 'requested action not supported: an attempt was made to manipulate 64-bit files on a platform '.
                      'that  cannot  support them; or an option was specified that is supported by the client and not '.
                      'by the server.',
		   5, 'error starting client-server protocol',
		   6, 'daemon unable to append to log-file',
		   10, 'error in socket I/O',
		   11, 'error in file I/O',
		   12, 'error in rsync protocol data stream',
		   13, 'errors with program diagnostics',
		   14, 'error in IPC code',
		   20, 'received SIGUSR1 or SIGINT',
		   21, 'some error returned by waitpid()',
		   22, 'error allocating core memory buffers',
		   23, 'partial transfer due to error',
		   24, 'partial transfer due to vanished source files',
		   25, 'the --max-delete limit stopped deletions',
		   30, 'timeout in data send/receive',
		   35, 'timeout waiting for daemon connection');

my %rsync_opt_open_ex = map { $_ => 1 } qw(stderr_to_stdout
					   stderr_discard stderr_fh
					   stderr_file stdout_discard
					   stdout_fh stdout_file encoding
sub _rsync {
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    my $async = delete $opts{async};
    my $verbose = delete $opts{verbose};
    my $quiet = delete $opts{quiet};
    my $copy_attrs = delete $opts{copy_attrs};
    my $timeout = delete $opts{timeout};
    $quiet = 1 unless (defined $quiet or $verbose);

    my @opts = qw(--blocking-io) ;
    push @opts, '-q' if $quiet;
    push @opts, '-pt' if $copy_attrs;
    push @opts, '-' . ($verbose =~ /^\d+$/ ? 'v' x $verbose : 'v') if $verbose;

    my %opts_open_ex = ( _cmd => 'rsync',
			 quote_args => 0 );

    for my $opt (keys %opts) {
	my $value = $opts{$opt};
	if (defined $value) {
	    if ($rsync_opt_open_ex{$opt}) {
		$opts_open_ex{$opt} = $value;
	    else {
		my $opt1 = $opt;
		$opt1 =~ tr/_/-/;
		$rsync_opt_forbidden{$opt1} and croak "forbidden rsync option '$opt' used";
		if ($rsync_opt_with_arg{$opt1}) {
		    push @opts, "--$opt1=$_" for _array_or_scalar_to_list($value)
		else {
		    $value = !$value if $opt1 =~ s/^no-//;
		    push @opts, ($value ? "--$opt1" : "--no-$opt1");

    local $self->{_error_prefix} = [@{$self->{_error_prefix}}, 'rsync failed'];

    my $pid = $self->open_ex(\%opts_open_ex, @opts, '--', @_);
    return $pid if $async;
    $self->_waitpid($pid, $timeout) and return 1;

    if ($self->error == OSSH_SLAVE_CMD_FAILED and $?) {
	my $err = ($? >> 8);
	my $errstr = $rsync_error{$err};
	$errstr = 'Unknown rsync error' unless defined $errstr;
	my $signal = $? & 255;
	my $signalstr = ($signal ? " (signal $signal)" : '');
			  "command exited with code $err$signalstr: $errstr");
    return undef

_sub_options sftp => qw(autoflush timeout argument_encoding encoding block_size
			queue_size late_set_perm forward_agent setpgrp);

sub sftp {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    @_ & 1 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->sftp(%sftp_opts)';
    _load_module('Net::SFTP::Foreign', '1.47');
    my ($self, %opts) = @_;
    my $stderr_fh = delete $opts{stderr_fh};
    my $stderr_discard = delete $opts{stderr_discard};
    my $fs_encoding = _first_defined(delete $opts{fs_encoding},
    undef $fs_encoding if (defined $fs_encoding and $fs_encoding eq 'bytes');
    _croak_bad_options %opts;
    $opts{timeout} = $self->{_timeout} unless defined $opts{timeout};
    $self->wait_for_master or return undef;
    my ($in, $out, $pid) = $self->open2( { ssh_opts => '-s',
					   stderr_fh => $stderr_fh,
					   stderr_discard => $stderr_discard },
					 'sftp' )
	or return undef;

    my $sftp = Net::SFTP::Foreign->new(transport => [$out, $in, $pid],
				       dirty_cleanup => 0,
                                       fs_encoding => $fs_encoding,
    if ($sftp->error) {
	$self->_or_set_error(OSSH_SLAVE_SFTP_FAILED, "unable to create SFTP client", $sftp->error);
	return undef;

_sub_options sshfs_import => qw(stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                                ssh_opts argument_encoding sshfs_opts setpgrp);
sub sshfs_import {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    @_ == 2 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->sshfs_import(\%opts, $remote, $local)';
    my ($from, $to) = @_;
    my @sshfs_opts = ( -o => 'slave',
                       _array_or_scalar_to_list delete $opts{sshfs_opts} );
    _croak_bad_options %opts;

    $opts{ssh_opts} = ['-s', _array_or_scalar_to_list delete $opts{ssh_opts}];
    $opts{stdinout_dpipe} = [$self->{_sshfs_cmd}, "$self->{_host_squared}:$from", $to, @sshfs_opts];
    $opts{stdinout_dpipe_make_parent} = 1;
    $self->spawn(\%opts, 'sftp');

_sub_options sshfs_export => qw(stderr_discard stderr_fh stderr_file
                                ssh_opts argument_encoding sshfs_opts setpgrp);
sub sshfs_export {
    ${^TAINT} and &_catch_tainted_args;
    my $self = shift;
    my %opts = (ref $_[0] eq 'HASH' ? %{shift()} : ());
    @_ == 2 or croak 'Usage: $ssh->sshfs_export(\%opts, $local, $remote)';
    my ($from, $to) = @_;
    my @sshfs_opts = ( -o => 'slave',
                       _array_or_scalar_to_list delete $opts{sshfs_opts} );
    _croak_bad_options %opts;
    $opts{stdinout_dpipe} = $self->{_sftp_server_cmd};

    my $hostname = do {
        local ($@, $SIG{__DIE__});
        eval {
            require Sys::Hostname;
    $hostname = 'remote' if (not defined $hostname   or
                             not length $hostname    or
    $self->spawn(\%opts, $self->{_sshfs_cmd}, "$hostname:$from", $to, @sshfs_opts);

sub object_remote {
    my $self = shift;
    _load_module('Object::Remote') or return;
    _load_module('Net::OpenSSH::ObjectRemote') or return;
    my $connector = Net::OpenSSH::ObjectRemote->new(net_openssh => $self);

sub any {
    my $self = shift;
    Net::SSH::Any->new($self->{_host}, user => $self->{_user}, port => $self->{_port},
                       backend => 'Net_OpenSSH',
                       backend_opts => { Net_OpenSSH => { instance => $self } });

    my $self = shift;
    $debug and $debug & 2 and _debug("DESTROY($self, pid: ", $self->{_pid}, ")");
    local ($SIG{__DIE__}, $@, $?, $!);


=head1 NAME

Net::OpenSSH - Perl SSH client package implemented on top of OpenSSH


  use Net::OpenSSH;

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host);
  $ssh->error and
    die "Couldn't establish SSH connection: ". $ssh->error;

  $ssh->system("ls /tmp") or
    die "remote command failed: " . $ssh->error;

  my @ls = $ssh->capture("ls");
  $ssh->error and
    die "remote ls command failed: " . $ssh->error;

  my ($out, $err) = $ssh->capture2("find /root");
  $ssh->error and
    die "remote find command failed: " . $ssh->error;

  my ($rin, $pid) = $ssh->pipe_in("cat >/tmp/foo") or
    die "pipe_in method failed: " . $ssh->error;

  print $rin "hello\n";
  close $rin;

  my ($rout, $pid) = $ssh->pipe_out("cat /tmp/foo") or
    die "pipe_out method failed: " . $ssh->error;

  while (<$rout>) { print }
  close $rout;

  my ($in, $out ,$pid) = $ssh->open2("foo");
  my ($pty, $pid) = $ssh->open2pty("foo");
  my ($in, $out, $err, $pid) = $ssh->open3("foo");
  my ($pty, $err, $pid) = $ssh->open3pty("login");

  my $sftp = $ssh->sftp();
  $sftp->error and die "SFTP failed: " . $sftp->error;


Net::OpenSSH is a secure shell client package implemented on top of
OpenSSH binary client (C<ssh>).

=head2 Under the hood

This package is implemented around the multiplexing feature found in
later versions of OpenSSH. That feature allows one to run several
sessions over a single SSH connection (OpenSSH 4.1 was the first
one to provide all the required functionality).

When a new Net::OpenSSH object is created, the OpenSSH C<ssh> client
is run in master mode, establishing a persistent (for the lifetime of
the object) connection to the server.

Then, every time a new operation is requested a new C<ssh> process is
started in slave mode, effectively reusing the master SSH connection
to send the request to the remote side.

=head2 Net::OpenSSH Vs. Net::SSH::.* modules

Why should you use Net::OpenSSH instead of any of the other Perl SSH
clients available?

Well, this is my (biased) opinion:

L<Net::SSH::Perl|Net::SSH::Perl> is not well maintained nowadays
(update: a new maintainer has stepped in so this situation could
change!!!), requires a bunch of modules (some of them very difficult
to install) to be acceptably efficient and has an API that is limited
in some ways.

L<Net::SSH2|Net::SSH2> is much better than Net::SSH::Perl, but not
completely stable yet. It can be very difficult to install on some
specific operating systems and its API is also limited, in the same
way as L<Net::SSH::Perl|Net::SSH::Perl>.

Using L<Net::SSH::Expect|Net::SSH::Expect>, in general, is a bad
idea. Handling interaction with a shell via Expect in a generic way
just can not be reliably done.

Net::SSH is just a wrapper around any SSH binary commands available on
the machine. It can be very slow as they establish a new SSH
connection for every operation performed.

In comparison, Net::OpenSSH is a pure perl module that does not have
any mandatory dependencies (obviously, besides requiring OpenSSH

Net::OpenSSH has a very perlish interface. Most operations are
performed in a fashion very similar to that of the Perl builtins and
common modules (e.g. L<IPC::Open2|IPC::Open2>).

It is also very fast. The overhead introduced by launching a new ssh
process for every operation is not appreciable (at least on my Linux
box). The bottleneck is the latency intrinsic to the protocol, so
Net::OpenSSH is probably as fast as an SSH client can be.

Being based on OpenSSH is also an advantage: a proved, stable, secure
(to paranoid levels), inseparably and well maintained implementation
of the SSH protocol is used.

On the other hand, Net::OpenSSH does not work on Windows, not even
under Cygwin.

Net::OpenSSH specifically requires the OpenSSH SSH client (AFAIK, the
multiplexing feature is not available from any other SSH
client). However, note that it will interact with any server software,
not just servers running OpenSSH C<sshd>.

For password authentication, L<IO::Pty|IO::Pty> has to be
installed. Other modules and binaries are also required to implement
specific functionality (for instance
L<Net::SFTP::Foreign|Net::SFTP::Foreign>, L<Expect|Expect> or

Net::OpenSSH and Net::SSH2 do not support version 1 of the SSH

=head1 API

=head2 Optional arguments

Almost all methods in this package accept as first argument an
optional reference to a hash containing parameters (C<\%opts>). For
instance, these two method calls are equivalent:

  my $out1 = $ssh->capture(@cmd);
  my $out2 = $ssh->capture({}, @cmd);

=head2 Error handling

Most methods return undef (or an empty list) to indicate failure.

The L</error> method can always be used to explicitly check for
errors. For instance:

  my ($output, $errput) = $ssh->capture2({timeout => 1}, "find /");
  $ssh->error and die "ssh failed: " . $ssh->error;

=head2 Net::OpenSSH methods

These are the methods provided by the package:

=over 4

=item Net::OpenSSH->new($host, %opts)

Creates a new SSH master connection

C<$host> can be a hostname or an IP address. It may also
contain the name of the user, her password and the TCP port
number where the server is listening:

   my $ssh1 = Net::OpenSSH->new('');
   my $ssh2 = Net::OpenSSH->new('');
   my $ssh3 = Net::OpenSSH->new('jsmith@2001:db8::1428:57ab'); # IPv6

IPv6 addresses may optionally be enclosed in brackets:

   my $ssh4 = Net::OpenSSH->new('jsmith@[::1]:1022');

This method always succeeds in returning a new object. Error checking
has to be performed explicitly afterwards:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, %opts);
  $ssh->error and die "Can't ssh to $host: " . $ssh->error;

If you have problems getting Net::OpenSSH to connect to the remote
host read the troubleshooting chapter near the end of this document.

Accepted options:

=over 4

=item user => $user_name

Login name

=item port => $port

TCP port number where the server is running

=item password => $password

User given password for authentication.

Note that using password authentication in automated scripts is a very
bad idea. When possible, you should use public key authentication

=item passphrase => $passphrase

X<passphrase>Uses given passphrase to open private key.

=item key_path => $private_key_path

Uses the key stored on the given file path for authentication.

=item gateway => $gateway

If the given argument is a gateway object as returned by
L<Net::OpenSSH::Gateway/find_gateway> method, use it to connect to
the remote host.

If it is a hash reference, call the C<find_gateway> method first.

For instance, the following code fragments are equivalent:

  my $gateway = Net::OpenSSH::Gateway->find_gateway(
          proxy => '');
  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, gateway => $gateway);


  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
          gateway => { proxy => ''});

=item proxy_command => $proxy_command

Use the given command to establish the connection to the remote host
(see C<ProxyCommand> on L<ssh_config(5)>).

=item batch_mode => 1

Disables querying the user for password and passphrases.

=item ctl_dir => $path

Directory where the SSH master control socket will be created.

This directory and its parents must be writable only by the current
effective user or root, otherwise the connection will be aborted to
avoid insecure operation.

By default C<~/.libnet-openssh-perl> is used.

=item ssh_cmd => $cmd

Name or full path to OpenSSH C<ssh> binary. For instance:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, ssh_cmd => '/opt/OpenSSH/bin/ssh');

=item scp_cmd => $cmd

Name or full path to OpenSSH C<scp> binary.

By default it is inferred from the C<ssh> one.

=item rsync_cmd => $cmd

Name or full path to C<rsync> binary. Defaults to C<rsync>.

=item remote_shell => $name

Name of the remote shell. Used to select the argument quoter backend.

=item timeout => $timeout

Maximum acceptable time that can elapse without network traffic or any
other event happening on methods that are not immediate (for instance,
when establishing the master SSH connection or inside methods
C<capture>, C<system>, C<scp_get>, etc.).

See also L</Timeouts>.

=item kill_ssh_on_timeout => 1

This option tells Net::OpenSSH to kill the local slave SSH process
when some operation times out.

See also L</Timeouts>.

=item strict_mode => 0

By default, the connection will be aborted if the path to the socket
used for multiplexing is found to be non-secure (for instance, when
any of the parent directories is writable by other users).

This option can be used to disable that feature. Use with care!!!

=item async => 1

By default, the constructor waits until the multiplexing socket is
available. That option can be used to defer the waiting until the
socket is actually used.

For instance, the following code connects to several remote machines
in parallel:

  my (%ssh, %ls);
  # multiple connections are established in parallel:
  for my $host (@hosts) {
      $ssh{$host} = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, async => 1);
  # then to run some command in all the hosts (sequentially):
  for my $host (@hosts) {
      $ssh{$host}->system('ls /');

=item connect => 0

Do not launch the master SSH process yet.

=item master_opts => [...]

Additional options to pass to the C<ssh> command when establishing the
master connection. For instance:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
      master_opts => [-o => "ProxyCommand corkscrew httpproxy 8080 $host"]);

=item default_ssh_opts => [...]

Default slave SSH command line options for L</open_ex> and derived

For instance:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
      default_ssh_opts => [-o => "ConnectionAttempts=0"]);

=item forward_agent => 1

Enables forwarding of the authentication agent.

This option can not be used when passing a passphrase (via
L</passphrase>) to unlock the login private key.

Note that Net::OpenSSH will not run C<ssh-agent> for you. This has to
be done ahead of time and the environment variable C<SSH_AUTH_SOCK>
set pointing to the proper place.

=item forward_X11 => 1

Enables forwarding of the X11 protocol

=item default_stdin_fh => $fh

=item default_stdout_fh => $fh

=item default_stderr_fh => $fh

Default I/O streams for L</open_ex> and derived methods (currently, that
means any method but L</pipe_in> and L</pipe_out> and I plan to remove
those exceptions soon!).

For instance:

  open my $stderr_fh, '>>', '/tmp/$host.err' or die ...;
  open my $stdout_fh, '>>', '/tmp/$host.log' or die ...;

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, default_stderr_fh => $stderr_fh,
                                     default_stdout_fh => $stdout_fh);
  $ssh->error and die "SSH connection failed: " . $ssh->error;

  $ssh->scp_put("/foo/bar*", "/tmp")
    or die "scp failed: " . $ssh->error;

=item default_stdin_file = $fn

=item default_stdout_file = $fn

=item default_stderr_file = $fn

Opens the given file names and use them as the defaults.

=item master_stdout_fh => $fh

=item master_stderr_fh => $fh

Redirect corresponding stdio streams of the master SSH process to
given filehandles.

=item master_stdout_discard => $bool

=item master_stderr_discard => $bool

Discard corresponding stdio streams.

=item expand_vars => $bool

Activates variable expansion inside command arguments and file paths.

See L</"Variable expansion"> below.

=item vars => \%vars

Initial set of variables.

=item external_master => 1

Instead of launching a new OpenSSH client in master mode, the module
tries to reuse an already existent one. C<ctl_path> must also be
passed when this option is set. See also L</get_ctl_path>.


  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new('foo', external_master => 1, ctl_path = $path);

When C<external_master> is set, the hostname argument becomes optional
(C<> is passed to OpenSSH which does not use it at all).

=item default_encoding => $encoding

=item default_stream_encoding => $encoding

=item default_argument_encoding => $encoding

Set default encodings. See L</Data encoding>.

=item password_prompt => $string

=item password_prompt => $re

By default, when using password authentication, the module expects the
remote side to send a password prompt matching C</[?:]/>.

This option can be used to override that default for the rare cases
when a different prompt is used.


   password_prompt => ']'; # no need to escape ']'
   password_prompt => qr/[:?>]/;

=item login_handler => \&custom_login_handler

Some remote SSH server may require a custom login/authentication
interaction not natively supported by Net::OpenSSH. In that cases, you
can use this option to replace the default login logic.

The callback will be invoked repeatedly as C<custom_login_handler($ssh,
$pty, $data)> where C<$ssh> is the current Net::OpenSSH object, C<pty>
a L<IO::Pty> object attached to the slave C<ssh> process tty and
C<$data> a reference to an scalar you can use at will.

The login handler must return 1 after the login process has completed
successfully or 0 in case it still needs to do something else. If some
error happens, it must die.

Note, that blocking operations should not be performed inside the
login handler (at least if you want the C<async> and C<timeout>
features to work).

See also the sample script C<> in the C<samples>

Usage of this option is incompatible with the C<password> and
C<passphrase> options, you will have to handle password or passphrases
from the custom handler yourself.

=item master_setpgrp => 1

When this option is set, the master process is run as a different
process group. As a consequence it will not die when the user presses
Ctrl-C at the terminal.

In order to allow the master SSH process to request any information
from the user, the module may set it as the terminal controlling
process while the connection is established (using
L<POSIX/tcsetpgrp>). Afterwards, the terminal controlling process is

This feature is highly experimental. Report any problems you may find,


=item $ssh->error

Returns the error condition for the last performed operation.

The returned value is a dualvar as $! (see L<perlvar/"$!">) that
renders an informative message when used in string context or an error
number in numeric context (error codes appear in

=item $ssh->get_user

=item $ssh->get_host

=item $ssh->get_port

Return the corresponding SSH login parameters.

=item $ssh->get_ctl_path

X<get_ctl_path>Returns the path to the socket where the OpenSSH master
process listens for new multiplexed connections.

=item ($in, $out, $err, $pid) = $ssh->open_ex(\%opts, @cmd)

X<open_ex>I<Note: this is a low level method which, probably, you do
not need to use!>

That method starts the command C<@cmd> on the remote machine creating
new pipes for the IO channels as specified on the C<%opts> hash.

If C<@cmd> is omitted, the remote user shell is run.

Returns four values, the first three (C<$in>, C<$out> and C<$err>)
correspond to the local side of the pipes created (they can be undef)
and the fourth (C<$pid>) to the PID of the new SSH slave process. An
empty list is returned on failure.

Note that C<waitpid> has to be used afterwards to reap the
slave SSH process.

Accepted options:

=over 4

=item stdin_pipe => 1

Creates a new pipe and connects the reading side to the stdin stream
of the remote process. The writing side is returned as the first
value (C<$in>).

=item stdin_pty => 1

Similar to C<stdin_pipe>, but instead of a regular pipe it uses a
pseudo-tty (pty).

Note that on some operating systems (e.g. HP-UX, AIX), ttys are not
reliable. They can overflow when large chunks are written or when data
is written faster than it is read.

=item stdin_fh => $fh

Duplicates C<$fh> and uses it as the stdin stream of the remote process.

=item stdin_file => $filename

=item stdin_file => \@open_args

Opens the file of the given name for reading and uses it as the remote
process stdin stream.

If an array reference is passed its contents are used as the arguments
for the underlying open call. For instance:

  $ssh->system({stdin_file => ['-|', 'gzip -c -d file.gz']}, $rcmd);

=item stdin_discard => 1

Uses /dev/null as the remote process stdin stream.

=item stdout_pipe => 1

Creates a new pipe and connects the writing side to the stdout stream
of the remote process. The reading side is returned as the second
value (C<$out>).

=item stdout_pty => 1

Connects the stdout stream of the remote process to the
pseudo-pty. This option requires C<stdin_pty> to be also set.

=item stdout_fh => $fh

Duplicates C<$fh> and uses it as the stdout stream of the remote

=item stdout_file => $filename

=item stdout_file => \@open_args

Opens the file of the given filename and redirect stdout there.

=item stdout_discard => 1

Uses /dev/null as the remote process stdout stream.

=item stdinout_socket => 1

Creates a new socketpair, attaches the stdin an stdout streams of the
slave SSH process to one end and returns the other as the first value
(C<$in>) and undef for the second (C<$out>).


  my ($socket, undef, undef, $pid) = $ssh->open_ex({stdinout_socket => 1},
                                                   '/bin/netcat $dest');

See also L</open2socket>.

=item stdinout_dpipe => $cmd

=item stdinout_dpipe => \@cmd

Runs the given command locally attaching its stdio streams to those of
the remote SSH command. Conceptually it is equivalent to the
L<dpipe(1)> shell command.

=item stderr_pipe => 1

Creates a new pipe and connects the writing side to the stderr stream
of the remote process. The reading side is returned as the third
value (C<$err>).


  my $pid = $ssh->open_ex({stdinout_dpipe => 'vncviewer -stdio'},
                          x11vnc => '-inetd');

=item stderr_fh => $fh

Duplicates C<$fh> and uses it as the stderr stream of the remote process.

=item stderr_file => $filename

Opens the file of the given name and redirects stderr there.

=item stderr_to_stdout => 1

Makes stderr point to stdout.

=item tty => $bool

Tells C<ssh> to allocate a pseudo-tty for the remote process. By
default, a tty is allocated if remote command stdin stream is attached
to a tty.

When this flag is set and stdin is not attached to a tty, the ssh
master and slave processes may generate spurious warnings about failed
tty operations. This is caused by a bug present in older versions of

=item close_slave_pty => 0

When a pseudo pty is used for the stdin stream, the slave side is
automatically closed on the parent process after forking the ssh

This option disables that feature, so that the slave pty can be
accessed on the parent process as C<$pty-E<gt>slave>. It will have to
be explicitly closed (see L<IO::Pty|IO::Pty>)

=item quote_args => $bool

See L</"Shell quoting"> below.

=item remote_shell => $shell

Sets the remote shell. Allows one to change the argument quoting
mechanism in a per-command fashion.

This may be useful when interacting with a Windows machine where
argument parsing may be done at the command level in custom ways.


  $ssh->system({remote_shell => 'MSWin'}, echo => $line);
  $ssh->system({remote_shell => 'MSCmd,MSWin'}, type => $file);

=item forward_agent => $bool

Enables/disables forwarding of the authentication agent.

This option can only be used when agent forwarding has been previously
requested on the constructor.

=item forward_X11 => $bool

Enables/disables forwarding of the X11 protocol.

This option can only be used when X11 forwarding has been previously
requested on the constructor.

=item ssh_opts => \@opts

List of extra options for the C<ssh> command.

This feature should be used with care, as the given options are not
checked in any way by the module, and they could interfere with it.

=item tunnel => $bool

Instead of executing a command in the remote host, this option
instruct Net::OpenSSH to create a TCP tunnel. The arguments become the
target IP and port or the remote path for an Unix socket.


  my ($in, $out, undef, $pid) = $ssh->open_ex({tunnel => 1}, $IP, $port);
  my ($in, $out, undef, $pid) = $ssh->open_ex({tunnel => 1}, $socket_path);

See also L</Tunnels>.

=item encoding => $encoding

=item argument_encoding => $encoding

Set encodings. See L</Data encoding>.


Usage example:

  # similar to IPC::Open2 open2 function:
  my ($in_pipe, $out_pipe, undef, $pid) =
      $ssh->open_ex( { stdin_pipe => 1,
                       stdout_pipe => 1 },
                     @cmd )
      or die "open_ex failed: " . $ssh->error;
  # do some IO through $in/$out
  # ...

=item setpgrp => 1

Calls C<setpgrp> after forking the child process. As a result it will
not die when the user presses Ctrl+C at the console. See also

Using this option without also setting C<master_setpgrp> on the
constructor call is mostly useless as the signal will be delivered to
the master process and all the remote commands aborted.

This feature is experimental.

=item $ssh->system(\%opts, @cmd)

Runs the command C<@cmd> on the remote machine.

Returns true on success, undef otherwise.

The error status is set to C<OSSH_SLAVE_CMD_FAILED> when the remote
command exits with a non zero code (the code is available from C<$?>,
see L<perlvar/"$?">).


  $ssh->system('ls -R /')
    or die "ls failed: " . $ssh->error";

As for C<system> builtin, C<SIGINT> and C<SIGQUIT> signals are
blocked.  (see L<perlfunc/system>). Also, setting C<$SIG{CHLD}> to
C<IGNORE> or to a custom signal handler will interfere with this

Accepted options:

=over 4

=item stdin_data => $input

=item stdin_data => \@input

Sends the given data through the stdin stream to the remote

For example, the following code creates a file on the remote side:

  $ssh->system({stdin_data => \@data}, "cat >/tmp/foo")
    or die "unable to write file: " . $ssh->error;

=item timeout => $timeout

The operation is aborted after C<$timeout> seconds elapsed without
network activity.

See also L</Timeouts>.

=item async => 1

Does not wait for the child process to exit. The PID of the new
process is returned.

Note that when this option is combined with C<stdin_data>, the given
data will be transferred to the remote side before returning control
to the caller.

See also the L</spawn> method documentation below.

=item stdin_fh => $fh

=item stdin_discard => $bool

=item stdout_fh => $fh

=item stdout_discard => $bool

=item stderr_fh => $fh

=item stderr_discard => $bool

=item stderr_to_stdout => $bool

=item stdinout_dpipe => $cmd

=item tty => $bool

See the L</open_ex> method documentation for an explanation of these


=item $ok = $ssh->test(\%opts, @cmd);

Runs the given command and returns its success/failure exit status as
1 or 0 respectively. Returns undef when something goes wrong in the
SSH layer.

Error status is not set to OSSH_SLAVE_CMD_FAILED when the remote
command exits with a non-zero code.

By default this method discards the remote command C<stdout> and
C<sterr> streams.

Usage example:

  if ($ssh->test(ps => -C => $executable)) {
    say "$executable is running on remote machine"
  else {
    die "something got wrong: ". $ssh->error if $ssh->error;

    say "$executable is not running on remote machine"

This method support the same set of options as C<system>, except
C<async> and C<tunnel>.

=item $output = $ssh->capture(\%opts, @cmd);

=item @output = $ssh->capture(\%opts, @cmd);

This method is conceptually equivalent to the perl backquote operator
(e.g. C<`ls`>): it runs the command on the remote machine and captures
its output.

In scalar context returns the output as a scalar. In list context
returns the output broken into lines (it honors C<$/>, see

The exit status of the remote command is returned in C<$?>.

When an error happens while capturing (for instance, the operation
times out), the partial captured output will be returned. Error
conditions have to be explicitly checked using the L</error>
method. For instance:

  my $output = $ssh->capture({ timeout => 10 },
                             "echo hello; sleep 20; echo bye");
  $ssh->error and
      warn "operation didn't complete successfully: ". $ssh->error;
  print $output;

Setting C<$SIG{CHLD}> to a custom signal handler or to C<IGNORE> will
interfere with this method.

Accepted options:

=over 4

=item stdin_data => $input

=item stdin_data => \@input

=item timeout => $timeout

See L</Timeouts>.

=item stdin_fh => $fh

=item stdin_discard => $bool

=item stderr_fh => $fh

=item stderr_discard => $bool

=item stderr_to_stdout => $bool

=item tty => $bool

See the L</open_ex> method documentation for an explanation of these


=item ($output, $errput) = $ssh->capture2(\%opts, @cmd)

captures the output sent to both stdout and stderr by C<@cmd> on the
remote machine.

Setting C<$SIG{CHLD}> to a custom signal handler or to C<IGNORE> will
also interfere with this method.

The accepted options are:

=over 4

=item stdin_data => $input

=item stdin_data => \@input

See the L</system> method documentation for an explanation of these

=item timeout => $timeout

See L</Timeouts>.

=item stdin_fh => $fh

=item stdin_discard => $bool

=item tty => $bool

See the L</open_ex> method documentation for an explanation of these


=item ($in, $pid) = $ssh->pipe_in(\%opts, @cmd)

X<pipe_in>This method is similar to the following Perl C<open> call

  $pid = open $in, '|-', @cmd

but running @cmd on the remote machine (see L<perlfunc/open>).

No options are currently accepted.

There is no need to perform a waitpid on the returned PID as it will
be done automatically by perl when C<$in> is closed.


  my ($in, $pid) = $ssh->pipe_in('cat >/tmp/fpp')
      or die "pipe_in failed: " . $ssh->error;
  print $in $_ for @data;
  close $in or die "close failed";

=item ($out, $pid) = $ssh->pipe_out(\%opts, @cmd)

X<pipe_out>Reciprocal to previous method, it is equivalent to

  $pid = open $out, '-|', @cmd

running @cmd on the remote machine.

No options are currently accepted.

=item ($in, $out, $pid) = $ssh->open2(\%opts, @cmd)

=item ($pty, $pid) = $ssh->open2pty(\%opts, @cmd)

=item ($socket, $pid) = $ssh->open2socket(\%opts, @cmd)

=item ($in, $out, $err, $pid) = $ssh->open3(\%opts, @cmd)

=item ($pty, $err, $pid) = $ssh->open3pty(\%opts, @cmd)

Shortcuts around L</open_ex> method.

=item $pid = $ssh->spawn(\%opts, @_)

X<spawn>Another L</open_ex> shortcut, it launches a new remote process
in the background and returns the PID of the local slave SSH process.

At some later point in your script, C<waitpid> should be called on the
returned PID in order to reap the slave SSH process.

For instance, you can run some command on several hosts in parallel
with the following code:

  my %conn = map { $_ => Net::OpenSSH->new($_, async => 1) } @hosts;
  my @pid;
  for my $host (@hosts) {
      open my($fh), '>', "/tmp/out-$host.txt"
        or die "unable to create file: $!";
      push @pid, $conn{$host}->spawn({stdout_fh => $fh}, $cmd);

  waitpid($_, 0) for @pid;

Note that C<spawn> should not be used to start detached remote
processes that may survive the local program (see also the L</FAQ>
about running remote processes detached).

=item ($socket, $pid) = $ssh->open_tunnel(\%opts, $dest_host, $port)

=item ($socket, $pid) = $ssh->open_tunnel(\%opts, $socket_path)

X<open_tunnel>Similar to L</open2socket>, but instead of running a
command, it opens a TCP tunnel to the given address. See also

=item $out = $ssh->capture_tunnel(\%opts, $dest_host, $port)

=item @out = $ssh->capture_tunnel(\%opts, $dest_host, $port)

X<capture_tunnel>Similar to L</capture>, but instead of running a command, it opens a
TCP tunnel.


  $out = $ssh->capture_tunnel({stdin_data => join("\r\n",
                                                  "GET / HTTP/1.0",
                                                  "", "") },
                              '', 80)

See also L</Tunnels>.

=item $ssh->scp_get(\%opts, $remote1, $remote2,..., $local_dir_or_file)

=item $ssh->scp_put(\%opts, $local, $local2,..., $remote_dir_or_file)

These two methods are wrappers around the C<scp> command that allow
transfers of files to/from the remote host using the existing SSH
master connection.

When transferring several files, the target argument must point to an
existing directory. If only one file is to be transferred, the target
argument can be a directory or a file name or can be omitted. For

  $ssh->scp_get({glob => 1}, '/var/tmp/foo*', '/var/tmp/bar*', '/tmp');

Both L</scp_get> and L</scp_put> methods return a true value when all
the files are transferred correctly, otherwise they return undef.

Accepted options:

=over 4

=item quiet => 0

By default, C<scp> is called with the quiet flag C<-q> enabled in
order to suppress progress information. This option allows one to
re-enable the progress indication bar.

=item verbose => 1

Calls C<scp> with the C<-v> flag.

=item recursive => 1

Copies files and directories recursively.

=item glob => 1

Enables expansion of shell metacharacters in the sources list so that
wildcards can be used to select files.

=item glob_flags => $flags

Second argument passed to L<File::Glob::bsd_glob|File::Glob/bsd_glob>
function. Only available for L</scp_put> method.

=item copy_attrs => 1

Copies modification and access times and modes from the original

=item bwlimit => $Kbits

Limits the used bandwidth, specified in Kbit/s.

=item timeout => $secs

The transfer is aborted if the connection does not finish before the
given timeout elapses. See also L</Timeouts>.

=item async => 1

Does not wait for the C<scp> command to finish. When this option is
used, the method returns the PID of the child C<scp> process.

For instance, it is possible to transfer files to several hosts in
parallel as follows:

  use Errno;
  my (%pid, %ssh);
  for my $host (@hosts) {
    $ssh{$host} = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, async => 1);
  for my $host (@hosts) {
    $pid{$host} = $ssh{$host}->scp_put({async => 1}, $local_fn, $remote_fn)
      or warn "scp_put to $host failed: " . $ssh{$host}->error . "\n";
  for my $host (@hosts) {
    if (my $pid = $pid{$host}) {
      if (waitpid($pid, 0) > 0) {
        my $exit = ($? >> 8);
        $exit and warn "transfer of file to $host failed ($exit)\n";
      else {
        redo if ($! == EINTR);
        warn "waitpid($pid) failed: $!\n";

=item stdout_fh => $fh

=item stderr_fh => $fh

=item stderr_to_stdout => 1

These options are passed unchanged to method L</open_ex>, allowing
capture of the output of the C<scp> program.

Note that C<scp> will not generate progress reports unless its stdout
stream is attached to a tty.

=item ssh_opts => \@opts

List of extra options for the C<ssh> command.

This feature should be used with care, as the given options are not
checked in any way by the module, and they could interfere with it.


=item $ssh->rsync_get(\%opts, $remote1, $remote2,..., $local_dir_or_file)

=item $ssh->rsync_put(\%opts, $local1, $local2,..., $remote_dir_or_file)

These methods use C<rsync> over SSH to transfer files from/to the remote

They accept the same set of options as the C<scp> ones.

Any unrecognized option will be passed as an argument to the C<rsync>
command (see L<rsync(1)>). Underscores can be used instead of dashes
in C<rsync> option names.

For instance:

  $ssh->rsync_get({exclude => '*~',
                   verbose => 1,
                   safe_links => 1},
                  '/remote/dir', '/local/dir');

=item $sftp = $ssh->sftp(%sftp_opts)

X<Net_SFTP_Foreign>Creates a new L<Net::SFTP::Foreign|Net::SFTP::Foreign> object
for SFTP interaction that runs through the ssh master connection.

=item @call = $ssh->make_remote_command(\%opts, @cmd)

=item $call = $ssh->make_remote_command(\%opts, @cmd)

This method returns the arguments required to execute a command on the
remote machine via SSH. For instance:

  my @call = $ssh->make_remote_command(ls => "/var/log");
  system @call;

In scalar context, returns the arguments quoted and joined into one

  my $remote = $ssh->make_remote_comand("cd /tmp/ && tar xf -");
  system "tar cf - . | $remote";

The options accepted are as follows:

=over 4

=item tty => $bool

Enables/disables allocation of a tty on the remote side.

=item forward_agent => $bool

Enables/disables forwarding of authentication agent.

This option can only be used when agent forwarding has been previously
requested on the constructor.

=item tunnel => 1

Return a command to create a connection to some TCP server reachable
from the remote host. In that case the arguments are the destination
address and port. For instance:

  $cmd = $ssh->make_remote_command({tunnel => 1}, $host, $port);


=item $ssh->wait_for_master($async)

When the connection has been established by calling the constructor
with the C<async> option, this call allows one to advance the process.

If C<$async> is true, it will perform any work that can be done
immediately without waiting (for instance, entering the password or
checking for the existence of the multiplexing socket) and then
return. If a false value is given, it will finalize the connection
process and wait until the multiplexing socket is available.

It returns a true value after the connection has been successfully
established. False is returned if the connection process fails or if
it has not yet completed (then, the L</error> method can be used to
distinguish between both cases).

From version 0.64 upwards, undef is returned when the master is still
in an unstable state (login, killing, etc.) and 0 when it is in a
stable state (running, stopped or gone).

=item $ssh->check_master

This method runs several checks to ensure that the master connection
is still alive.

=item $ssh->shell_quote(@args)

Returns the list of arguments quoted so that they will be restored to
their original form when parsed by the remote shell.

In scalar context returns the list of arguments quoted and joined.

Usually this task is done automatically by the module. See L</"Shell
quoting"> below.

This method can also be used as a class method.


  my $quoted_args = Net::OpenSSH->shell_quote(@args);
  system('ssh', '--', $host, $quoted_args);

=item $ssh->shell_quote_glob(@args)

This method is like the previous C<shell_quote> but leaves wildcard
characters unquoted.

It can be used as a class method also.

=item $ssh->set_expand_vars($bool)

Enables/disables variable expansion feature (see L</"Variable

=item $ssh->get_expand_vars

Returns current state of variable expansion feature.

=item $ssh->set_var($name, $value)

=item $ssh->get_var($name, $value)

These methods allow one to change and to retrieve the value of the
given name.

=item $ssh->get_master_pid

Returns the PID of the master SSH process

=item $ssh->master_exited

This methods allows one to tell the module that the master process has
exited when we get its PID from some external wait or waitpid
call. For instance:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new('foo', async => 1);

  # create new processes
  # ...

  # rip them...
  my $master_pid = $ssh->master_pid;
  while ((my $pid = wait) > 0) {
    if ($pid == $master_pid) {

If your program rips the master process and this method is not called,
the OS could reassign the PID to a new unrelated process and the
module would try to kill it at object destruction time.

=item $pid = $ssh->sshfs_import(\%opts, $remote_fs, $local_mnt_point)

=item $pid = $ssh->sshfs_export(\%opts, $local_fs, $remote_mnt_point)

These methods use L<sshfs(1)> to import or export a file system
through the SSH connection.

They return the C<$pid> of the C<sshfs> process or of the slave C<ssh>
process used to proxy it. Killing that process unmounts the file
system, though, it may be probably better to use L<fusermount(1)>.

The options accepted are as follows:


=item ssh_opts => \@ssh_opts

Options passed to the slave C<ssh> process.

=item sshfs_opts => \@sshfs_opts

Options passed to the C<sshfs> command. For instance, to mount the file
system in read-only mode:

  my $pid = $ssh->sshfs_export({sshfs_opts => [-o => 'ro']},
                               "/", "/mnt/foo");


Note that this command requires a recent version of C<sshfs> to work (at
the time of writing, it requires the yet unreleased version available
from the FUSE git repository!).

See also the L<sshfs(1)> man page and the C<sshfs> and FUSE web sites
at L<> and
L<> respectively.

=item $or = $ssh->object_remote(@args)

X<Object_Remote>Returns an L<Object::Remote::Connection> instance
running on top of the Net::OpenSSH connection.


   my $or = $ssh->object_remote;
   my $hostname = Sys::Hostname->can::on($or, 'hostname');
   say $hostname->();

See also L<Object::Remote>.

=item $any = $ssh->any(%opts)

X<Net_SSH_Any>Wraps the current object inside a Net::SSH::Any one.


  my $any = $ssh->any;
  my $content = $any->scp_get_content("my-file.txt");

=item $pid = $ssh->disown_master

Under normal operation Net::OpenSSH controls the life-time of the
master C<ssh> process and when the object is destroyed the master
process and any connection running over it are terminated.

In some (rare) cases, it is desirable to let the master process and
all the running connections survive. Calling this method does just
that, it tells Net::OpenSSH object that the master process is not its
own anymore.

The return value is the PID of the master process.

Note also that disowning the master process does not affect the
operation of the module in any other regard.

For instance:

  # See sample/ for a working program
  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host);
  my $sshfs_pid = $ssh->sshfs_import("/home/foo", "my-remote-home");
  $ssh->stop; # tells the master to stop accepting requests


=head2 Shell quoting

By default, when invoking remote commands, this module tries to mimic
perl C<system> builtin in regard to argument processing. Quoting

  Argument processing varies depending on the number of arguments.  If
  there is more than one argument in LIST, or if LIST is an array with
  more than one value, starts the program given by the first element
  of the list with arguments given by the rest of the list.  If there
  is only one scalar argument, the argument is checked for shell
  metacharacters, and if there are any, the entire argument is passed
  to the system's command shell for parsing (this is "/bin/sh -c" on
  Unix platforms, but varies on other platforms).

Take for example Net::OpenSSH L</system> method:

  $ssh->system("ls -l *");
  $ssh->system('ls', '-l', '/');

The first call passes the argument unchanged to ssh and it is executed
in the remote side through the shell which interprets metacharacters.

The second call escapes any shell metacharacters so that, effectively,
it is equivalent to calling the command directly and not through the

Under the hood, as the Secure Shell protocol does not provide for this
mode of operation and always spawns a new shell where it runs the
given command, Net::OpenSSH quotes any shell metacharacters in the
command list.

All the methods that invoke a remote command (system, open_ex, etc.)
accept the option C<quote_args> that allows one to force/disable shell

For instance:

  $ssh->system({quote_args => 1}, "/path with spaces/bin/foo");

will correctly handle the spaces in the program path.

The shell quoting mechanism implements some extensions (for instance,
performing redirections to /dev/null on the remote side) that can be
disabled with the option C<quote_args_extended>:

  $ssh->system({ stderr_discard => 1,
                 quote_args => 1, quote_args_extended => 0 },

The option C<quote_args> can also be used to disable quoting when more
than one argument is passed. For instance, to get some pattern
expanded by the remote shell:

  $ssh->system({quote_args => 0}, 'ls', '-l', "/tmp/files_*.dat");

The method C<shell_quote> can be used to selectively quote some
arguments and leave others untouched:

  $ssh->system({quote_args => 0},
               $ssh->shell_quote('ls', '-l'),

When the glob option is set in C<scp> and C<rsync> file transfer
methods, an alternative quoting method which knows about file
wildcards and passes them unquoted is used. The set of wildcards
recognized currently is the one supported by L<bash(1)>.

Another way to selectively use quote globing or fully disable quoting
for some specific arguments is to pass them as scalar references or
double scalar references respectively. In practice, that means
prepending them with one or two backslashes. For instance:

  # quote the last argument for globing:
  $ssh->system('ls', '-l', \'/tmp/my files/filed_*dat');

  # append a redirection to the remote command
  $ssh->system('ls', '-lR', \\'>/tmp/ls-lR.txt');

  # expand remote shell variables and glob in the same command:
  $ssh->system('tar', 'czf', \\'$HOME/out.tgz', \'/var/log/server.*.log');

As shell quoting is a tricky matter, I expect bugs to appear in this
area. You can see how C<ssh> is called, and the quoting used setting
the following debug flag:

  $Net::OpenSSH::debug |= 16;

By default, the module assumes the remote shell is some variant of a
POSIX or Bourne shell (C<bash>, C<dash>, C<ksh>, etc.). If this is not
the case, the construction option C<remote_shell> can be used to
select an alternative quoting mechanism.

For instance:

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host, remote_shell => 'csh');
  $ssh->system(echo => "hard\n to\n  quote\n   argument!");

Currently there are quoters available for POSIX (Bourne) compatible
shells, C<csh> and the two Windows variants C<MSWin> (for servers
using L<Win32::CreateProcess>, see
L<Net::OpenSSH::ShellQuoter::MSWin>) and C<MSCmd> (for servers using
C<cmd.exe>, see L<Net::OpenSSH::ShellQuoter::MSCmd>).

In any case, you can always do the quoting yourself and pass the
quoted remote command as a single string:

  # for VMS
  $ssh->system('DIR/SIZE NFOO::USERS:[JSMITH.DOCS]*.TXT;0');

Note that the current quoting mechanism does not handle possible
aliases defined by the remote shell. In that case, to force execution
of the command instead of the alias, the full path to the command must
be used.

=head2 Timeouts

In order to stop remote processes when they timeout, the ideal approach
would be to send them signals through the SSH connection as specified
by the protocol standard.

Unfortunately OpenSSH does not implement that feature so Net::OpenSSH
has to use other imperfect approaches:

=over 4

=item * close slave I/O streams

Closing the STDIN and STDOUT streams of the unresponsive remote
process will effectively deliver a SIGPIPE when it tries to access any
of them.

Remote processes may not access STDIN or STDOUT and even then,
Net::OpenSSH can only close these channels when it is capturing them,
so this approach does not always work.

=item * killing the local SSH slave process

This action may leave the remote process running, creating a remote
orphan so Net::OpenSSH does not use it unless the construction option
C<kill_ssh_on_timeout> is set.


Luckily, future versions of OpenSSH will support signaling remote
processes via the mux channel.

=head2 Variable expansion

The variable expansion feature allows one to define variables that are
expanded automatically inside command arguments and file paths.

This feature is disabled by default. It is intended to be used with
L<Net::OpenSSH::Parallel|Net::OpenSSH::Parallel> and other similar

Variables are delimited by a pair of percent signs (C<%>), for
instance C<%HOST%>. Also, two consecutive percent signs are replaced
by a single one.

The special variables C<HOST>, C<USER> and C<PORT> are maintained
internally by the module and take the obvious values.

Variable expansion is performed before shell quoting (see L</"Shell

Some usage example:

  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new('', expand_vars => 1);
  $ssh->set_var(ID => 42);
  $ssh->system("ls >/tmp/ls.out-%HOST%-%ID%");

will redirect the output of the C<ls> command to
C</tmp/> on the remote host.

=head2 Tunnels

Besides running commands on the remote host, Net::OpenSSH also allows
one to tunnel TCP connections to remote machines reachable from the
SSH server.

That feature is made available through the C<tunnel> option of the
L</open_ex> method, and also through wrapper methods L</open_tunnel>
and L</capture_tunnel> and most others where it makes sense.


  $ssh->system({tunnel => 1,
                stdin_data => "GET / HTTP/1.0\r\n\r\n",
                stdout_file => "/tmp/$server.res"},
               $server, 80)
      or die "unable to retrieve page: " . $ssh->error;

or capturing the output of several requests in parallel:

  my @pids;
  for (@servers) {
    my $pid = $ssh->spawn({tunnel => 1,
                           stdin_file => "/tmp/request.req",
                           stdout_file => "/tmp/$_.res"},
                          $_, 80);
    if ($pid) {
      push @pids, $pid;
    else {
      warn "unable to spawn tunnel process to $_: " . $ssh->error;
  waitpid ($_, 0) for (@pids);

Under the hood, in order to create a tunnel, a new C<ssh> process is
spawned with the option C<-W${address}:${port}> (available from
OpenSSH 5.4 and upwards) making it redirect its stdio streams to the
remote given address. Unlike when C<ssh> C<-L> options is used to
create tunnels, no TCP port is opened on the local machine at any time
so this is a perfectly secure operation.

The PID of the new process is returned by the named methods. It must
be reaped once the pipe or socket handlers for the local side of the
tunnel have been closed.

OpenSSH 5.4 or later is required for the tunnels functionality to
work. Also, note that tunnel forwarding may be administratively
forbidden at the server side (see L<sshd(8)> and L<sshd_config(5)> or
the documentation provided by your SSH server vendor).

When connecting to hosts running a recent version of OpenSSH sshd, it
is also possible to open connections targeting Unix sockets.

For instance:

  my $response = $ssh->capture({tunnel => 1, stdin_data => $request },

Currently, this feature requires a patched OpenSSH ssh client. The
patch is available as

=head2 Data encoding

Net::OpenSSH has some support for transparently converting the data send
or received from the remote server to Perl internal unicode

The methods supporting that feature are those that move data from/to
Perl data structures (e.g. C<capture>, C<capture2>, C<capture_tunnel>
and methods supporting the C<stdin_data> option). Data accessed through
pipes, sockets or redirections is not affected by the encoding options.

It is also possible to set the encoding of the command and arguments
passed to the remote server on the command line.

By default, if no encoding option is given on the constructor or on the
method calls, Net::OpenSSH will not perform any encoding transformation,
effectively processing the data as C<latin1>.

When data can not be converted between the Perl internal
representation and the selected encoding inside some Net::OpenSSH
method, it will fail with an C<OSSH_ENCODING_ERROR> error.

The supported encoding options are as follows:

=over 4

=item stream_encoding => $encoding

sets the encoding of the data send and received on capture methods.

=item argument_encoding => $encoding

sets the encoding of the command line arguments

=item encoding => $encoding

sets both C<argument_encoding> and C<stream_encoding>.


The constructor also accepts C<default_encoding>,
C<default_stream_encoding> and C<default_argument_encoding> that set the

=head2 Diverting C<new>

When a code ref is installed at C<$Net::OpenSSH::FACTORY>, calls to new
will be diverted through it.

That feature can be used to transparently implement connection
caching, for instance:

  my $old_factory = $Net::OpenSSH::FACTORY;
  my %cache;

  sub factory {
    my ($class, %opts) = @_;
    my $signature = join("\0", $class, map { $_ => $opts{$_} }, sort keys %opts);
    my $old = $cache{signature};
    return $old if ($old and $old->error != OSSH_MASTER_FAILED);
    local $Net::OpenSSH::FACTORY = $old_factory;
    $cache{$signature} = $class->new(%opts);

  $Net::OpenSSH::FACTORY = \&factory;

... and I am sure it can be abused in several other ways!


=head2 Expect

Sometimes you would like to use L<Expect> to control some program
running in the remote host. You can do it as follows:

  my ($pty, $pid) = $ssh->open2pty(@cmd)
      or die "unable to run remote command @cmd";
  my $expect = Expect->init($pty);

Then, you will be able to use the new Expect object in C<$expect> as

=head2 Net::Telnet

This example is adapted from L<Net::Telnet> documentation:

  my ($pty, $pid) = $ssh->open2pty({stderr_to_stdout => 1})
    or die "unable to start remote shell: " . $ssh->error;
  my $telnet = Net::Telnet->new(-fhopen => $pty,
                                -prompt => '/.*\$ $/',
                                -telnetmode => 0,
                                -cmd_remove_mode => 1,
                                -output_record_separator => "\r");

  $telnet->waitfor(-match => $telnet->prompt,
                   -errmode => "return")
    or die "login failed: " . $telnet->lastline;

  my @lines = $telnet->cmd("who");


  waitpid($pid, 0);

=head2 mod_perl and mod_perl2

L<mod_perl> and L<mod_perl2> tie STDIN and STDOUT to objects that are
not backed up by real file descriptors at the operating system
level. Net::OpenSSH will fail if any of these handles is used
explicitly or implicitly when calling some remote command.

The work-around is to redirect them to C</dev/null> or to some file:

  open my $def_in, '<', '/dev/null' or die "unable to open /dev/null";
  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
                              default_stdin_fh => $def_in);

  my $out = $ssh->capture($cmd1);
  $ssh->system({stdout_discard => 1}, $cmd2);
  $ssh->system({stdout_to_file => '/tmp/output'}, $cmd3);

Also, note that from a security stand point, running C<ssh> from
inside the web server process is not a great idea. An attacker
exploiting some Apache bug would be able to access the SSH keys and
passwords and gain unlimited access to the remote systems.

If you can, use a queue (as L<TheSchwartz|TheSchwartz>) or any other
mechanism to execute the ssh commands from another process running
under a different user account.

At a minimum, ensure that C<~www-data/.ssh> (or similar) is not
accessible through the web server!

=head2 Net::SFTP::Foreign

See L<method C<sftp>|/Net_SFTP_Foreign>.

=head2 Net::SSH::Any

See L<method C<any>|/Net_SSH_Any>.

=head2 Object::Remote

See L<method C<object_remote>|/Object_Remote>.

=head2 Other modules

CPAN contains several modules that rely on SSH to perform their duties
as for example L<IPC::PerlSSH|IPC::PerlSSH> or

Often, it is possible to instruct them to go through a Net::OpenSSH
multiplexed connection employing some available constructor
option. For instance:

  use Net::OpenSSH;
  use IPC::PerlIPC;
  my $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new(...);
  $ssh->error and die "unable to connect to remote host: " . $ssh->error;
  my @cmd = $ssh->make_remote_command('/usr/bin/perl');
  my $ipc = IPC::PerlSSH->new(Command => \@cmd);
  my @r = $ipc->eval('...');


  use GRID::Machine;
  my @cmd = $ssh->make_remote_command('/usr/bin/perl');
  my $grid = GRID::Machine->new(command => \@cmd);
  my $r = $grid->eval('print "hello world!\n"');

In other cases, some kind of plugin mechanism is provided by the 3rd
party modules to allow for different transports. The method C<open2>
may be used to create a pair of pipes for transport in these cases.


Usually, Net::OpenSSH works out of the box, but when it fails, some
users have a hard time finding the cause of the problem. This mini
troubleshooting guide should help you to find and solve it.

=over 4

=item 1 - check the error message

Add in your script, after the Net::OpenSSH constructor call, an error

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new(...);
  $ssh->error and die "SSH connection failed: " . $ssh->error;

The error message will tell what has gone wrong.

=item 2 - OpenSSH version

Ensure that you have a version of C<ssh> recent enough:

  $ ssh -V
  OpenSSH_5.1p1 Debian-5, OpenSSL 0.9.8g 19 Oct 2007

OpenSSH version 4.1 was the first to support the multiplexing feature
and is the minimal required by the module to work. I advise you to use
the latest OpenSSH (currently 5.8) or at least a more recent

The C<ssh_cmd> constructor option lets you select the C<ssh> binary to
use. For instance:

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
                           ssh_cmd => "/opt/OpenSSH/5.8/bin/ssh")

Some hardware vendors (e.g. Sun, err... Oracle) include custom
versions of OpenSSH bundled with the operating system. In principle,
Net::OpenSSH should work with these SSH clients as long as they are
derived from some version of OpenSSH recent enough. Anyway, my advise
is to use the real OpenSSH software if you can!

=item 3 - run ssh from the command line

Check you can connect to the remote host using the same parameters you
are passing to Net::OpenSSH. In particular, ensure that you are
running C<ssh> as the same local user.

If you are running your script from a web server, the user
would probably be C<www>, C<apache> or something alike.

Common problems are:

=over 4

=item *

Remote host public key not present in known_hosts file.

The SSH protocol uses public keys to identify the remote hosts so that
they can not be supplanted by some malicious third parties.

For OpenSSH, usually the server public key is stored in
C</etc/ssh/> or in
C</etc/ssh/> and that key should be copied into the
C<~/.ssh/known_hosts> file in the local machine (other SSH
implementations may use other file locations).

Maintaining the server keys when several hosts and clients are
involved may be somewhat inconvenient, so most SSH clients, by
default, when a new connection is established to a host whose key is
not in the C<known_hosts> file, show the key and ask the user if he
wants the key copied there.

=item *

Wrong remote host public key in known_hosts file.

This is another common problem that happens when some server is
replaced or reinstalled from scratch and its public key changes
becoming different to that installed on the C<known_hosts> file.

The easiest way to solve that problem is to remove the old key from
the C<known_hosts> file by hand using any editor and then to connect
to the server replying C<yes> when asked to save the new key.

=item *

Wrong permissions for the C<~/.ssh> directory or its contents.

OpenSSH client performs several checks on the access permissions of
the C<~/.ssh> directory and its contents and refuses to use them when
misconfigured. See the FILES section from the L<ssh(1)> man page.

=item *

Incorrect settings for password or public key authentication.

Check that you are using the right password or that the user public
key is correctly installed on the server.


=item 4 - security checks on the multiplexing socket

Net::OpenSSH performs some security checks on the directory where the
multiplexing socket is going to be placed to ensure that it can not be
accessed by other users.

The default location for the multiplexing socket is under
C<~/.libnet-openssh-perl>. It can be changed using the C<ctl_dir> and
C<ctl_path> constructor arguments.

The requirements for that directory and all its parents are:

=over 4

=item *

They have to be owned by the user executing the script or by root

=item *

Their permission masks must be 0755 or more restrictive, so nobody
else has permissions to perform write operations on them.


The constructor option C<strict_mode> disables these security checks,
but you should not use it unless you understand its implications.

=item 5 - file system must support sockets

Some file systems (as for instance FAT or AFS) do not support placing
sockets inside them.

Ensure that the C<ctl_dir> path does not lay into one of those file



Debugging of Net::OpenSSH internals is controlled through the variable
C<$Net::OpenSSH::debug>. Every bit of this variable activates
debugging of some subsystem as follows:

=over 4

=item bit 1 - errors

Dumps changes on the internal object attribute where errors are stored.

=item bit 2 - ctl_path

Dumps information about ctl_path calculation and the tests performed
on that directory in order to decide if it is secure to place the
multiplexing socket inside.

=item bit 4 - connecting

Dumps information about the establishment of new master connections.

=item bit 8 - commands and arguments

Dumps the command and arguments for every system/exec call.

=item bit 16 - command execution

Dumps information about the progress of command execution.

=item bit 32 - destruction

Dumps information about the destruction of Net::OpenSSH objects and
the termination of the SSH master processes.

=item bit 64 - IO loop

Dumps information about the progress of the IO loop on capture

=item bit 128 - IO hexdumps

Generates hexdumps of the information that travels through the SSH
streams inside capture operations.

=item bit 512 - OS tracing of the master process

Use the module L<Net::OpenSSH::OSTracer> to trace the SSH master
process at the OS level.


For instance, in order to activate all the debugging flags, you can

  $Net::OpenSSH::debug = ~0;

Note that the meaning of the flags and the information generated is
only intended for debugging of the module and may change without
notice between releases.

If you are using password authentication, enabling debugging for
L<IO::Tty> may also show interesting information:

    IO::Tty::DEBUG = 1;

Finally, by default debugging output is sent to C<STDERR>. You can
override it pointing C<$Net::OpenSSH::debug_fh> to a different file
handle. For instance:

    open my $out, '>', '/tmp/debug.txt' or warn $!;
    $Net::OpenSSH::debug_fh = $out;
    $Net::OpenSSH::debug = -1;


B<Q>: Is this module secure?

B<A>: Well, it tries to be!

From a security standpoint the aim of this module is to be as secure
as OpenSSH, your operating system, your shell and in general your
environment allow it to be.

It does not take any shortcut just to make your life easier if that
means lowering the security level (for instance, disabling
C<StrictHostKeyChecking> by default).

In code supporting features that are not just proxied to OpenSSH,
the module tries to keep the same standards of security as OpenSSH
(for instance, checking directory and file permissions when placing
the multiplexing socket).

On the other hand, and keeping with OpenSSH philosophy, the module
lets you disable most (all?) of those security measures. But just
because it lets you do it it doesn't mean it is a good idea to do

If you are a novice programmer or SSH user, and googling you have just
found some flag that you don't understand but that seems to magically
solve your connection problems... well, believe me, it is probably a
bad idea to use it. Ask somebody how really knows first!

Just to make thinks clear, if your code contains any of the keywords
from the (non-exclusive) list below and you don't know why, you are
probably wrecking the security of the SSH protocol:


Other considerations related to security you may like to know are as

=over 4

=item Taint mode

The module supports working in taint mode.

If you are in an exposed environment, you should probably enable it
for your script in order to catch any unchecked command for being
executed in the remote side.

=item Web environments

It is a bad idea to establish SSH connections from your webserver
because if it becomes compromised in any way, the attacker would be
able to use the credentials from your script to connect to the remote
host and do anything he wishes there.

=item Command quoting

The module can quote commands and arguments for you in a flexible
and powerful way.

This is a feature you should use as it reduces the possibility of some
attacker being able to inject and run arbitrary commands on the remote
machine (and even for scripts that are not exposed it is always
advisable to enable argument quoting).

Having said that, take into consideration that argument-quoting is
just a hack to emulate the invoke-without-a-shell feature of Perl
builtins such as C<system> and alike. There may be bugs(*) on the
quoting code, your particular shell may have different quoting rules
with unhandled corner cases or whatever. If your script is exposed to
the outside, you should check your inputs and restrict what you accept
as valid.

[* even if this is one of the parts of the module more intensively

=item Shellshock

(see L<Shellshock|>)

When executing local commands, the module always avoids calling the
shell so in this way it is not affected by Shellshock.

Unfortunately, some commands (C<scp>, C<rsync> and C<ssh> when the
C<ProxyCommand> option is used) invoke other commands under the hood
using the user shell. That opens the door to local Shellshock

On the remote side invocation of the shell is unavoidable due to the
protocol design.

By default, SSH does not forward environment variables but some Linux
distributions explicitly change the default OpenSSH configuration to
enable forwarding and acceptance of some specific ones (for instance
C<LANG> and C<LC_*> on Debian and derivatives, Fedora does alike) and
this also opens the door to Shellshock exploitation.

Note that the shell used to invoke commands is not C</bin/sh> but the
user shell as configured in C</etc/passwd>, PAM or whatever
authentication subsystem is used by the local or remote operating
system. Debian users, don't think you are not affected because
your C</bin/sh> points to C<dash>!


=head1 FAQ

Frequent questions about the module:


=item Connecting to switches, routers, etc.

B<Q>: I can not get the method C<system>, C<capture>, etc., to work
when connecting to some router, switch, etc. What I am doing wrong?

B<A>: Roughly, the SSH protocol allows for two modes of operation:
command mode and interactive mode.

Command mode is designed to run single commands on the remote host. It
opens an SSH channel between both hosts, ask the remote computer to
run some given command and when it finish the channel is closed. It
is what you get, for instance, when you run something as...

  $ ssh cat foo.txt

... and it is also the way Net::OpenSSH runs commands on the remote

Interactive mode launches a shell on the remote hosts with its stdio
streams redirected to the local ones so that the user can
transparently interact with it.

Some devices (as probably the one you are using) do not run an
standard, general purpose shell (e.g. C<bash>, C<csh> or C<ksh>) but
some custom program specially targeted and limited to the task of
configuring the device.

Usually, the SSH server running on these devices does not support
command mode. It unconditionally attaches the restricted shell to any
incoming SSH connection and waits for the user to enter commands
through the redirected stdin stream.

The only way to work-around this limitation is to make your script
talk to the restricted shell (1-open a new SSH session, 2-wait for the
shell prompt, 3-send a command, 4-read the output until you get to the
shell prompt again, repeat from 3). The best tool for this task is
probably L<Expect>, used alone or combined with Net::OpenSSH (see

There are some devices that support command mode but that only accept
one command per connection. In that cases, using L<Expect> is also
probably the best option.

Nowadays, there is a new player, L<Net::CLI::Interaction> that may be
more suitable than Expect.

=item Connection fails

B<Q>: I am unable to make the module connect to the remote host...

B<A>: Have you read the troubleshooting section? (see

=item Disable StrictHostKeyChecking

B<Q>: Why is C<ssh> not run with C<StrictHostKeyChecking=no>?

B<A>: Using C<StrictHostKeyChecking=no> relaxes the default security
level of SSH and it will be relatively easy to end with a
misconfigured SSH (for instance, when C<known_hosts> is unwritable)
that could be forged to connect to a bad host in order to perform
man-in-the-middle attacks, etc.

I advice you to do not use that option unless you fully understand its
implications from a security point of view.

If you want to use it anyway, past it to the constructor:

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
           master_opts => [-o => "StrictHostKeyChecking=no"],

=item child process 14947 does not exist: No child processes

B<Q>: Calls to C<system>, C<capture> or C<capture2> fail with the
previous error, what I am doing wrong?

B<A>: That usually happens when C<$SIG{CHLD}> is set to C<IGNORE> or
to some custom handler reaping child processes by itself. In order to
solve the problem just disable the handler during the method call:

  local $SIG{CHLD};

=item child process STDIN/STDOUT/STDERR is not a real system file

B<Q>: Calls to C<system>, C<capture>, etc. fail with the previous
error, what's happening?

B<A>: The reported stdio stream is closed or is not attached to a real
file handle (e.g. it is a tied handle). Redirect it to C</dev/null> or
to a real file:

  my $out = $ssh->capture({stdin_discard => 1, stderr_to_stdout => 1},

See also the L<mod_perl> entry above.

=item Solaris (and AIX and probably others)

B<Q>: I was trying Net::OpenSSH on Solaris and seem to be running into
an issue...

B<A>: The SSH client bundled with Solaris is an early fork of OpenSSH
that does not provide the multiplexing functionality required by
Net::OpenSSH. You will have to install the OpenSSH client.

Precompiled packages are available from Sun Freeware
(L<>). There, select your OS version an CPU
architecture, download the OpenSSH package and its dependencies and
install them. Note that you do B<not> need to configure Solaris to use
the OpenSSH server C<sshd>.

Ensure that OpenSSH client is in your path before the system C<ssh> or
alternatively, you can hardcode the full path into your scripts
as follows:

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new($host,
                           ssh_cmd => '/usr/local/bin/ssh');

AIX and probably some other unixen, also bundle SSH clients lacking
the multiplexing functionality and require installation of the real

=item Can not change working directory

B<Q>: I want to run some command inside a given remote directory but I
am unable to change the working directory. For instance:

  $ssh->system('cd /home/foo/bin');

does not list the contents of C</home/foo/bin>.

What am I doing wrong?

B<A>: Net::OpenSSH (and, for that matter, all the SSH modules
available from CPAN but L<Net::SSH::Expect>) run every command in a
new session so most shell builtins that are run for its side effects
become useless (e.g. C<cd>, C<export>, C<ulimit>, C<umask>, etc.,
usually, you can list them running C<help> from the shell).

A work around is to combine several commands in one, for instance:

  $ssh->system('cd /home/foo/bin && ls');

Note the use of the shell C<&&> operator instead of C<;> in order to
abort the command as soon as any of the subcommands fail.

Also, several commands can be combined into one while still using the
multi-argument quoting feature as follows:

  $ssh->system(@cmd1, \\'&&', @cmd2, \\'&&', @cmd3, ...);

=item Running detached remote processes

B<Q>: I need to be able to ssh into several machines from my script,
launch a process to run in the background there, and then return
immediately while the remote programs keep running...

B<A>: If the remote systems run some Unix/Linux variant, the right
approach is to use L<nohup(1)> that will disconnect the remote process
from the stdio streams and to ask the shell to run the command on the
background. For instance:

  $ssh->system("nohup $long_running_command &");

Also, it may be possible to demonize the remote program. If it is
written in Perl you can use L<App::Daemon> for that (actually, there
are several CPAN modules that provided that kind of functionality).

In any case, note that you should not use L</spawn> for that.

=item MaxSessions server limit reached

B<Q>: I created an C<$ssh> object and then fork a lot children
processes which use this object. When the children number is bigger
than C<MaxSessions> as defined in sshd configuration (defaults to 10),
trying to fork new remote commands will prompt the user for the

B<A>: When the slave SSH client gets a response from the remote
servers saying that the maximum number of sessions for the current
connection has been reached, it fall backs to open a new direct
connection without going through the multiplexing socket.

To stop that for happening, the following hack can be used:

  $ssh = Net::OpenSSH->new(host,
      default_ssh_opts => ['-oConnectionAttempts=0'],

=item Running remote commands with sudo

B<Q>: How can I run remote commands using C<sudo> to become root first?

B<A>: The simplest way is to tell C<sudo> to read the password from
stdin with the C<-S> flag and to do not use cached credentials
with the C<-k> flag. You may also like to use the C<-p> flag to tell
C<sudo> to print an empty prompt. For instance:

  my @out = $ssh->capture({ stdin_data => "$sudo_passwd\n" },
                          'sudo', '-Sk',
                          '-p', '',

If the version of sudo installed on the remote host does not support
the C<-S> flag (it tells sudo to read the password from its STDIN
stream), you can do it as follows:

  my @out = $ssh->capture({ tty => 1,
                            stdin_data => "$sudo_passwd\n" },
                          'sudo', '-k',
                          '-p', '',

This may generate an spurious and harmless warning from the SSH master
connection (because we are requesting allocation of a tty on the
remote side and locally we are attaching it to a regular pair of

If for whatever reason the methods described above fail, you can
always revert to using Expect to talk to the remote C<sudo>. See the
C<sample/> script from this module distribution.


=head1 SEE ALSO

OpenSSH client documentation L<ssh(1)>, L<ssh_config(5)>, the project
web L<> and its FAQ
L<>. L<scp(1)> and
L<rsync(1)>. The OpenSSH Wikibook

L<Net::OpenSSH::Gateway> for detailed instruction about how to get
this module to connect to hosts through proxies and other SSH gateway

Core perl documentation L<perlipc>, L<perlfunc/open>,

L<IO::Pty|IO::Pty> to known how to use the pseudo tty objects returned
by several methods on this package.

L<Net::SFTP::Foreign|Net::SFTP::Foreign> provides a compatible SFTP

L<Expect|Expect> can be used to interact with commands run through
this module on the remote machine (see also the C<> and
<> scripts in the sample directory).

L<SSH::OpenSSH::Parallel> is an advanced scheduler that allows one to run
commands in remote hosts in parallel. It is obviously based on

L<SSH::Batch|SSH::Batch> allows one to run remote commands in parallel in
a cluster. It is build on top on C<Net::OpenSSH> also.

Other Perl SSH clients: L<Net::SSH::Perl|Net::SSH::Perl>,
L<Net::SSH2|Net::SSH2>, L<Net::SSH|Net::SSH>,
L<Net::SSH::Expect|Net::SSH::Expect>, L<Net::SCP|Net::SCP>,

L<Net::OpenSSH::Compat> is a package offering a set of compatibility
layers for other SSH modules on top of Net::OpenSSH.

L<IPC::PerlSSH|IPC::PerlSSH>, L<GRID::Machine|GRID::Machine> allow
execution of Perl code in remote machines through SSH.

L<SSH::RPC|SSH::RPC> implements an RPC mechanism on top of SSH using
Net::OpenSSH to handle the connections.

L<Net::CLI::Interact> allows one to interact with remote shells
and other services. It is specially suited for interaction with
network equipment. The passphrase approach it uses is very clever. You
may also like to check the L<other
modules|> from its author, Oliver


=head2 Experimental features

L<Object::Remote> integration is highly experimental.

Support for tunnels targeting Unix sockets is highly experimental.

Support for the setpgrp feature is highly experimental.

Support for the gateway feature is highly experimental and mostly

Support for taint mode is experimental.

=head2 Known issues

Net::OpenSSH does not work on Windows. OpenSSH multiplexing feature
requires passing file handles through sockets, something that is not
supported by any version of Windows.

It does not work on VMS either... well, probably, it does not work on
anything not resembling a modern Linux/Unix OS.

Old versions of OpenSSH C<ssh> may leave stdio streams in non-blocking
mode. That can result on failures when writing to C<STDOUT> or
C<STDERR> after using the module. In order to work-around this issue,
Perl L<perlfunc/fcntl> can be used to unset the non-blocking flag:

  my $flags = fcntl(STDOUT, F_GETFL, 0);
  fcntl(STDOUT, F_SETFL, $flags & ~O_NONBLOCK);

=head2 Reporting bugs and asking for help

To report bugs send an email to the address that appear below or use
the CPAN bug tracking system at L<>.

B<Post questions related to how to use the module in PerlMonks>
L<>, you will probably get faster responses than
if you address me directly and I visit PerlMonks quite often, so I
will see your question anyway.

=head2 Commercial support

Commercial support, professional services and custom software
development around this module are available through my current
company. Drop me an email with a rough description of your
requirements and we will get back to you ASAP.

=head2 My wishlist

If you like this module and you are feeling generous, take a look at
my Amazon Wish List: L<>.

Also consider contributing to the OpenSSH project this module builds
upon: L<>.

=head1 TODO

- Tests for C<scp_*>, C<rsync_*> and C<sftp> methods

- Make L</pipe_in> and L</pipe_out> methods L</open_ex> based

- C<auto_discard_streams> feature for mod_perl2 and similar environments

- Refactor open_ex support for multiple commands, maybe just keeping
  tunnel, ssh and raw

Send your feature requests, ideas or any feedback, please!


The source code of this module is hosted at GitHub:

Code contributions to the module are welcome but you should obey the
following rules:

=over 4

=item Only Perl 5.8.4 required

Yes, that's pretty old, but Net::OpenSSH is intended to be also used
by system administrators that sometimes have to struggle with old
systems. The reason to pick 5.8.4 is that it has been the default perl
on Solaris for a long time.

=item Avoid the "All the world's a Linux PC" syndrome

The module should work on any (barely) sane Unix or Linux operating
system. Specially, it should not be assumed that the over-featured GNU
utilities and toolchain are available.

=item Dependencies are optional

In order to make the module very easy to install, no mandatory
dependencies on other CPAN modules are allowed.

Optional modules, that are loaded only on demand, are acceptable when
they are used for adding new functionality (as it is done, for
instance, with L<IO::Pty>).

Glue code for integration with 3rd party modules is also allowed (as
it is done with L<Expect>).

Usage of language extension modules and alike is not acceptable.

=item Tests should be lax

We don't want false negatives when testing. In case of doubt tests
should succeed.

Also, in case of tests invoking some external program, it should be
checked that the external program is available and that it works as
expected or otherwise skip those tests.

=item Backward compatibility

Nowadays Net::OpenSSH is quite stable and there are lots of scripts
out there using it that we don't want to break, so, keeping the API
backward compatible is a top priority.

Probably only security issues could now justify a backward
incompatible change.

=item Follow my coding style

Look at the rest of the code.

I let Emacs do the formatting for me using cperl-mode PerlStyle.

=item Talk to me

Before making a large change or implementing a new feature get in
touch with me.

I may have my own ideas about how things should be done. It is better
if you know them before hand, otherwise, you risk getting your patch


Well, actually you should know that I am quite good at rejecting
patches but it is not my fault!

Most of the patches I get are broken in some way: they don't follow
the main module principles, sometimes the author didn't get the full
picture and solved the issue in a short-sighted way, etc.

In any case, you should not be discouraged to contribute. Even if your
patch is not applied directly, seeing how it solves your requirements
or, in the case of bugs, the underlying problem analysis may be very
useful and help me to do it... my way.

I always welcome documentation corrections and improvements.


Copyright (C) 2008-2015 by Salvador FandiE<ntilde>o

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.10.0 or,
at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.