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Old 11-18-2011, 08:07 AM   #1
Soji Antony
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echo command inside expect script


I am trying to use echo command inside a expect script

spawn ssh root@
expect "*?assword:*"
send "password\n"
expect "%"
send "echo -en "\e]0;Title\a"\n"
I would like to use the echo command to set title for the shell after logging into the remote machine. But this does not works for me, possibly due to the double quotes " "" ".

Can anybody tell me how to use echo command with quotes inside a expect script.

spawn ssh root@
root@'s password: 
Last login: Thu Nov 17 06:04:38 2011 from
extra characters after close-quote
    while executing
"send "echo -en "\e]0;Title\a\n"

    (file "./1.txt" line 6)
Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Soji Antony; 11-18-2011 at 08:08 AM.
Old 11-18-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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That seems to be doing it the hard way and insecurely since your expect script will contain your password in clear text.

Why not:
1) Set an ssh trust to the remote machine user from the one where you're running the expect script so it logs in without a password?
2) Set the .bashrc or .bashprofile for the target user to set the title whenever you login?
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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Hi Mensa,

Thanks for your suggestion about using ssh keys. I just wanted to set the Title temporarily, for that session only. I have managed to set the title using the gnome-terminal option "--title=Title".

I have called the expect script from a bash script.

# cat 1.txt

spawn ssh root@
expect "*?assword:*"
send "password\n"
# cat 2.txt

gnome-terminal --tab --geometry 168x36+100+250 --title=Serv1 -e "bash -c "./1.txt; exec bash""
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