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Net::SSH2 command output pollingby VinsWorldcom (Parson)
|on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:38 UTC||Need Help??|
VinsWorldcom has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have yet another Net::SSH2 question that I haven't found a definitive solution to yet. So here goes.
Windows 7 x64 / Strawberry Perl 5.16.1 / Net::SSH2 0.45 - note that Net::SSH2 comes bundled with Strawberry, I did not compile myself.
I've created a simple SSH client using Net::SSH2 and I can connect fine, I've gotten past the freezing issue on Windows ($chan->blocking(0)) and even the issue where the command output lagged one command behind (binmode($chan)), but only sometimes.
I'm testing my client to both CentOS and Cisco router with SSH enabled.
The issue I see is that if I execute a long command (e.g., 'ls -alR /' on linux, 'show run' on Cisco router) I start to see some output and then just get the prompt back. When I issue the next command, I get the remainder of output from the first long command - or maybe just some of it if it's a really long output.
To my novice mind, it seems to be a buffering problem and I've tried the flush() method of Net::SSH2 to no avail. My other thought is that I need to set $| on the $chan filehandle, which also didn't solve it. My final desperation was to actually read the POD line-by-line and found the poll() method and some Google-ing turned up an example of it's usage.
and in a last ditch attempt:
Neither above command set fixed the issue.
I'm now thinking it may be due to blocking(0); however, if that isnt' used, Windows just hangs after the connect. How can I get Net::SSH2 to "wait" until all output from a command is printed without just adding an artificially long sleep? Note that I use Net::Telnet to connect to linux and Cisco routers and this isn't an issue - it patiently waits until all output is printed and never seems to chop command output (which I think is the buffering issue).