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Net::SSH2 - Secure Shell protocol interface =========================================== Net::SSH2 is a perl interface to the libssh2 (http://www.libssh2.org) library. It supports the SSH2 protocol (there is no support for SSH1) with all of the key exchanges, ciphers, and compression of libssh2. At present, libssh2 requires OpenSSL (http://www.openssl.org) and can optionally use zlib for compression (http://www.zlib.net). The Net::SSH::Perl modules are showing signs of age; with the requirement to be compatible with SSH versions 1 and 2, support of newer features such as channels is difficult; it also has many dependencies, some of which are hard to build (e.g. Math::Pari). (Net::SSH is just a wrapper around the ssh binaries, and never should have got the namespace.) Net::SSH2 is a new start, with few dependencies and all the functionality of the SSH protocol, version 2, at your disposal. INSTALLATION To install this module type the following: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install DEPENDENCIES This module requires these other modules and libraries: libSSH2 (http://www.libssh2.org; tested with 0.11 and 0.12) OpenSSL (http://www.openssl.org) zlib (optional; http://www.zlib.net) BUGS/FEATURE REQUESTS Please report bugs and request features on the CPAN bug tracking site, rt.cpan.org. If you are able and willing to provide a fix, attach a patch and please provide your name to be credited in the changelog and an email address for verification/discussion. The ssh-sftp-perl-users mailing list (http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/ssh-sftp-perl-users), while set up for Net::SSH::Perl (which I also maintain), is also an appropriate place to post questions or comments about Net::SSH2; if volume gets too high, a separate list will be created. HACKING The module is kept in a GitHub (http://github.com/rkitover/net-ssh2/) repository, git://github.com/rkitover/net-ssh2.git If you are interested in making a change/fix, please discuss it first. If you are unfamiliar with XS (perl C bindings), you should review the perlxs, perlapi, and perlcall perldoc pages to learn more. The secure shell protocol is managed by the IETF secsh working group at http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/secsh-charter.html. The source code of libSSH2 will also be instructive. TODO More examples for the example/ directory would be nice. Add get/put (file) methods to Net::SSH2::SFTP (as a shortcut, rather than requiring open/read/write/close). COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE Copyright (C) 2005-2008 by David B. Robins; all rights reserved. This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.0 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.