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driver/sshdriver: configure ServerAliveInterval to detect failed conn…


TCP timeouts can take a long time to detect a failed connection, so we
enable keep-alives at the SSH level. With the default value of
ServerAliveCountMax of 3, this will detect a failed connection after
about 45 seconds.

Signed-off-by: Jan Luebbe <>
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jluebbe authored and Emantor committed Sep 26, 2018
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  1. +6 −0 doc/configuration.rst
  2. +1 −1 labgrid/driver/
@@ -706,6 +706,12 @@ SSHDriver
A SSHDriver requires a `NetworkService` resource and allows the execution of
commands and file upload via network.
It uses SSH's ServerAliveInterval option to detect failed connections.
If a shared SSH connection to the target is already open, it will reuse it when
running commands.
In that case, ServerAliveInterval should be set outside of labgrid, as it
cannot be enabled for an existing connection.
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@@ -51,7 +51,7 @@ def _start_own_master(self):
# use sshpass if we have a password
sshpass = "sshpass -e " if self.networkservice.password else ""
args = ("{}ssh -n {} -x -o ConnectTimeout=30 -o ControlPersist=300 -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -MN -S {} -p {} {}@{}").format( # pylint: disable=line-too-long
args = ("{}ssh -n {} -x -o ConnectTimeout=30 -o ControlPersist=300 -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o ServerAliveInterval=15 -MN -S {} -p {} {}@{}").format( # pylint: disable=line-too-long
sshpass, self.ssh_prefix, control, self.networkservice.port,
self.networkservice.username, self.networkservice.address).split(" ")

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