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Old 01-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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What is SSH & how do I use it to all avoid pressing 'Y' during terminal tasks?p

I read that it is SSH that makes me have to press either 'Y' or 'N' during some tasks at the terminal. A Google search mostly rendered about remote clients, but I'm not using a remote PC, this computer is my home desktop. There was one link, which I didn't understand, read about a bash:

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If you are logged in locally, then you are in a terminal window and (likely) not using ssh. What command are prompting you for Y or N? Perhaps we can start there.
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Originally Posted by Advice Pro
So, what you're probably using is "apt-get" or "aptitude" right?

Those commands are separate from ssh. I'm not sure where the Y/N confusion with SSH was introduced, but trust me, when it comes to installing software, SSH is not the responsible party

If you want to avoid typing 'Y' when installing with apt-get, you can add '-y' to the command. For instance:
apt-get -y install <insert package name here>
That command will install the package and any necessary dependencies without asking for approval.

aptitude -y install <insert package name here>
will do the same.

For both commands, you'll need to be root (of course).

Just as a side note, SSH is a Secure SHell. It allows encrypted network communication between two computers. It may ask a yes/no question every so often (i.e. "machine X's fingerprint does not match...connect anyway?") and will usually ask you for a password when connecting. That, however, is the extent of it. SSH is not involved in any other system tasks beyond making those inter-computer encrypted connections.

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