Re: How can I tell openssh client to prompt for a username

From: Martin Harte (
Date: 07/08/04

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    Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 18:52:49 +0100
    To: Greg Wooledge <>

    On Thu, Jul 08, 2004 at 12:39:39PM -0400, Greg Wooledge wrote:
    > On Thu, Jul 08, 2004 at 01:59:20PM +0100, Martin Harte wrote:
    > > Just wondering if there is an option to get Openssh 3.7.1p2 client
    > > to prompt for a username.
    > > It doesn't suit to pass one on the command line in my situation.
    > Write a small shell script wrapper around it. For example (untested!):
    > #!/bin/bash
    > # Assume that the last parameter is a hostname...
    > if [ -t 0 -a -t 1 ]; then
    > echo -n "Enter the username at ${!#}: "
    > read username
    > else
    > username=$USER
    > fi
    > exec the-real-ssh -l $username "$@"

    Thanks, that's actually the solution we've implemented at the moment.
    The problem is that we have to display a banner on the site so users
    get this:

    Username: jbloggs

    Welcome to blah blah



    Which just looks a little funny. I thought there might be an option somewhere
    to get the client to prompt.


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