rsync through multiple ssh hops with password authentication prompt

Manuel López-Ibáñez manuellopezibanez at
Sat Oct 22 00:56:03 GMT 2005

> This setup seems to work well--perhaps it could be added to the rsync
> FAQ page as Method 2b.  The only annoyance is that one might still get
> two indistinguishable "Password:" prompts; could someone tell me how to
> configure SSH so the prompt reveals the target

Well, actually, I get "Password: " prompts when a ssh into linux 
machines and "user (at) hostname's password: " when I log into OpenBSD. 
I have not been able to find any option to configure the prompt in man 
pages ssh_config and sshd_config, so I would assume that it is an 
implementation issue.

The OpenBSD machine has OpenSSH_4.1 and GNU/Linux has OpenSSH_3.9, so 
maybe the introduced it between those versions. I really think it is 
nice that it tells the hostname so perhaps we can ask the OpenSSH guys. 
There is a Usenet newsgroup and a mailing list 
secureshell at

If I have time in the following weeks, I will ask them (unless someone 
is really curious about this and is willing to ask soon).



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