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Re: bash -c 'sleep 5 &' vs. ssh user@host 'sleep 5 &'

From: Robert Elz
Subject: Re: bash -c 'sleep 5 &' vs. ssh user@host 'sleep 5 &'
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:07:07 +0700

    Date:        Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:47:39 +0800
    From:        Clark Wang <dearvoid@gmail.com>

  | Ah right. I misunderstood something else. When I run
  |   $ ssh '{ sleep 120 | cat; } & exit'

Yes, in that case the shell running the command list (the {} thing)
typically hangs around to wait for the pipe to finish.   There might
be a bash shopt that can alter that.  The "exit" at the end accomplishes
nothing (unless you give it an arg to set a non-default exit code).

  | Then, how should we explain that
  |   $ ssh -t 'sleep 120 &'
  | would complete immediately?

With -t, there's no pty, when the shell exits, everything ends up
closed - but the mechanism for this escapes me (what bash &/or sshd
sees differently).   You'd do better to ask on an ssh related list
I expect.


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