I'm writing a script that opens ssh, connects to django, gets data from the app using python commands from the python script myscript.py. However the current code doesn't work.

xterm -hold -e ssh server python /srv/django/manage.py shell execfile ./myscript

With this, I get a command error: Command doesn't accept any arguments

I also tried:

xterm -e ssh server python /srv/django/manage.py shell execfile('./myscript.py')

but got a syntax error:

line 3: syntax error near unexpected token '('


You can try to put the all command into quotes:

xterm -hold -e ssh server "python /srv/django/manage.py shell execfile ./myscript.py"

it should solve your problem.

  • the xterminal just disappears after i enter the passphrase – user65165 Jul 15 '15 at 18:54
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    yes. It executes the script and then exits. I recommend you to try the script syntax before trying in in xterm and ssh, just locally, like python /srv/django/manage.py shell execfile('./myscript.py') -- it has syntax errors. – Jakuje Jul 15 '15 at 18:57
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    Adding "-hold" to xterm will keep the window open, like xterm -hold -e ... – bistoco Jul 15 '15 at 19:04
  • when you try to copy & paste the code in my last comment into bash, it will show the syntax errors. Not sure what it should actually do. – Jakuje Jul 15 '15 at 19:05
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    Make sure the file myscript.py is in your home directory on server. There is problem in django/python command and here I can't help more. – Jakuje Jul 15 '15 at 19:19

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