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Thread: How to connect and fire command to SSH server using Gyanmed SSH2 API.

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    Default How to connect and fire command to SSH server using Gyanmed SSH2 API.

    Hi experts,

    I have prepared a Java Class with name SshAgent. In this same class we are passing arguments hostname,username and password and connecting via SSH. The issue is getting while executing command to the server.

    Here is the code and the error is getting on highlighted portion.

    import java.io.BufferedReader;
    import java.io.IOException;
    import java.io.InputStream;
    import java.io.InputStreamReader;

    import com.jscape.inet.ssh.SshException;

    import ch.ethz.ssh2.Connection;
    import ch.ethz.ssh2.Session;
    import ch.ethz.ssh2.StreamGobbler;

    public class SshAgent {

    private String hostname;
    private String username;
    private String password;
    private Connection connection;

    public SshAgent(String hostname,String username,String password){
    this.hostname= hostname;
    this.username= username;
    this.password= password;
    public boolean connect() throws SshException {
    connection = new Connection(hostname);

    boolean result =connection.authenticateWithPassword(username, password);
    System.out.println("Connection result :" + result);
    return result;
    } catch(Exception e){
    throw new SshException( "An exception occurred while trying to connect to the host: " + hostname + ", Exception=" + e.getMessage(), e );




    public String executeCommand(String command) throws SshException{
    try {
    // Open Session
    Session session = connection.openSession();

    // execute Command

    // read the result
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    InputStream stdout = new StreamGobbler( session.getStdout() );
    BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(stdout));
    String line = br.readLine();
    while( line != null )

    } // Debug: dump the exit code

    System.out.println("Exit Code :" + session.getExitStatus());
    // Close the session
    // Return the results to the caller
    return sb.toString();

    } catch (IOException e) {
    throw new SshException( "An exception occurred while executing the following command:"+ command + ". Exception = " + e.getMessage(), e );


    public void logout() throws SshException{
    { try{
    }catch (Exception e){
    throw new SshException( "An exception occurred while closing the SSH connection: " + e.getMessage(), e );



    import java.io.BufferedReader;
    import java.io.InputStreamReader;

    public class WorkingWithSshAgent {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
    { try{
    String tmpHost = null;
    String tmpUser = null;
    String tmpPass = null;
    BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
    System.out.print("Hostname: ");
    tmpHost = reader.readLine();
    System.out.print("Username: ");
    tmpUser = reader.readLine();
    System.out.print("Password: ");
    tmpPass = reader.readLine();

    SshAgent sshAgent = new SshAgent( tmpHost, tmpUser, tmpPass );
    Runtime runtime = Runtime.getRuntime();

    long maxMemory = runtime.maxMemory();
    long allocatedMemory = runtime.totalMemory();
    long freeMemory = runtime.freeMemory();

    System.out.println("free memory: " + freeMemory / 1024);
    System.out.println("allocated memory: " + allocatedMemory / 1024);
    System.out.println("max memory: " + maxMemory /1024);
    System.out.println("total free memory: " +
    (freeMemory + (maxMemory - allocatedMemory)) / 1024);

    if( sshAgent.connect() )

    String processInfo = sshAgent.executeCommand( "ls -l" );
    System.out.println( "Process Info: " + processInfo );

    // Logout

    }catch (Exception e){





    The error is getting generated in above code in below portion

    while( line != null )


    The error We are getting are.........

    Username: username
    Password: **********
    free memory: 15486
    allocated memory: 15872
    max memory: 253440
    total free memory: 253054
    Connection result :true
    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
    at java.util.Arrays.copyOf(Unknown Source)
    at java.lang.AbstractStringBuilder.expandCapacity(Unk nown Source)
    at java.lang.AbstractStringBuilder.append(Unknown Source)
    at java.lang.StringBuilder.append(Unknown Source)
    at SshAgent.executeCommand(SshAgent.java:60)
    at WorkingWithSshAgent.main(WorkingWithSshAgent.java: 37)

    Pls help in identifying what wrong in my code here.

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    Default Re: How to connect and fire command to SSH server using Gyanmed SSH2 API.

    Please wrap code in [code=Java] [/code] tags to preserve formatting.

    Just looking at the error and scanning briefly over the code, an OutOfMemoryError suggests that you are trying to load way too much into memory, or at minimum preparing too load to much. Why do you ensure capacity every loop? It may or may not do anything, and isn't likely to help, removing that may solve that problem altogether.

    Also try to create a SSCCE (Simple Self-Contained Complete Example) that demonstrates just reading the file if the problem persists.
    Last edited by Tjstretch; July 4th, 2012 at 07:57 AM. Reason: Typo

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