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Remote access to server without keys, only password

From: Luke Swart
Subject: Remote access to server without keys, only password
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:25:38 -0700

Dear Tramp dev team,

I am troubleshooting an issue with Emacs Tramp, and I was referred to email you after a suggestion from a user through My question is posted here:

The full description of my question from that post is below. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

I am trying to use Tramp to log into a server that has no SSH keys, just a password. Unfortunately, upon execution of my /ssh:address@hidden:~/ command, there is no password prompt and the minibuffer says Sending password, and fails to login. How can I get Tramp to prompt me for a password? Or, how can I configure Tramp to log into this server that has no SSH keys and just a password?

I can SSH into the server via terminal just fine with ssh address@hidden, where the password prompt is:

address@hidden's password:

Unless I enter my password, there is no other output in the terminal.

Here is the output in my *Messages* buffer:

Tramp: Opening connection for address@hidden using ssh...
Tramp: Sending command `exec ssh -l root  -e none'

Tramp: Waiting for prompts from remote shell
Tramp: Sending password
Tramp: Sending command `exec ssh -l root  -e none'
Tramp: Opening connection for address@hidden using ssh...done

and after setting a verbose output using (setq tramp-verbose 10), here is the output into my *debug tramp/ssh address@hidden* buffer:

Note that I get the same results when using emacs -q.

My M-x tramp-version is 2.2.6-24.3, running on Ubuntu 14.04.

Any help would be appreciated, or even a description of the logs. I am confused because Tramp seems to be sending some kind of default password without prompting me, even when run with emacs -q.


I tried setting tramp-password-prompt-regexp with the following:

          '("passphrase" "Passphrase"
            ;; English
            "password" "Password"
            ;; Deutsch
            "passwort" "Passwort"
            ;; Français
            "mot de passe" "Mot de passe") t)
        ".*:\0? *"))

which is ^.*\(Mot de passe\|Pass\(?:phrase\|wor[dt]\)\|mot de passe\|pass\(?:phrase\|wor[dt]\)\).*:^@ when evaluated with (message tramp-password-prompt-regexp).

and here is the updated output from *debug tramp/ssh address@hidden*:

(lines 1-44)
(lines 45-88)

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