Originally Posted by 414N
Let me tell you that you're doing it wrong
Instead of using a password login with ssh switch to a password-less authentication.
There are tons of tutorials on how to do it on the web. This
is just one of the many out there.
Thanks for the RSA advice, but it does not answer my question OR solve my problem. As I mentioned originally, I own about 35 PC's on a private network. They currently have no .ssh directory and thus no RSA keys installed. What I want to do is programmatically install MY public key on those PC's, THEN I can use the normal RSA-key mechanism. In the FUTURE of these PC's, their O/S images will include my key in an .ssh directory. I do NOT have the luxury of rebuilding them now (and won't until January) and I do not have time to login to each machine and type commands to install the keys.
And yes, if I had KNOWN I would need to do this remote access, I would have installed the keys before I put the machines to use.