Bug 54983 - ssh chops off the end off data streams
Summary: ssh chops off the end off data streams
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: openssh   
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Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 2001-10-23 22:31 UTC by Joe Harrington
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-10-23 22:34:27 UTC
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Description Joe Harrington 2001-10-23 22:31:37 UTC
Description of Problem:

When transferring finite data streams, ssh exits early.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

(also happened in RH 7.2 release RPM)

How Reproducible:

ssh -n othermach cat bigfile > bigfile

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  set up ssh permissions
2.  start ssh-agent, load keys
3.  make bigfile on othermach
4.  execute command above
5.  compare file sizes

Actual Results:

on oobleck (Intel RH6.2, patched, openssh-2.3.0p1-1):

yes | dd bs=1024 count=1000 of=/tmp/jht
ls -l /tmp/jht
-rw-r--r--    1 jh       jh        1024000 Oct 23 18:23 /tmp/jht

on glup (Intel RH7.2, patched, openssh-2.9p2-9

ssh -n oobleck cat /tmp/jht > jht &
ls -l jht
-rw-r--r--    1 jh       jh         969216 Oct 23 18:24 jht

Expected Results:

no output, all data transferred

Additional Information:
This is particularly troublesome in the following idiom:

ssh -n oobleck "(cd /usr ; tar cf - local)" | tar xpf - &
...which has always worked, until now.

The larger the data stream, the more data are lost.  Perhaps it is
forgetting not to count the periodic checksum data in the number of bytes

The data that are transferred match the begining of the file being


Comment 1 Joe Harrington 2001-10-23 22:34:22 UTC
scp on the file does not have the same problem


Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2002-03-07 20:46:10 UTC
This is the flipside of the hangs-on-exit problem, and is specific to the
version of OpenSSH running on the server you're using.  Update the server to
2.9.x (or better yet, the just-released 3.1) and you should stop seeing data

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