Subject: libssh2_channel_read issues

libssh2_channel_read issues

From: Zulfiqar Malik <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:55:57 +0100

I am trying to write a very small shell client for some automation related
things and am running into problems with libssh2_channel_read. Here are the
two scenarios (application has to be single threaded.):

1. Blocking mode: libssh2_channel_read blocks if there's no data and never
returns. Its impossible to use this function reliably.
2. Non-blocking mode: libssh2_channel_read doesn't block but keeps on
returning -37 (LIBSSH2_ERROR_EAGAIN) and I end up with essentially the same
problem i.e. stuck in an infinite loop. To top it off libssh2_channel_eof
doesn't work and always returns 0.

I don't know what's wrong or what needs to be done but I cannot seem to
find a way through this problem. I have tried libssh2 v 1.3.1 and the
latest one 1.4.1 with the same result. Given below is my readOutput method
which reads the output:

    for (;;count++)
        /* loop until we block */
        int rc;
        do {
            char buffer[1024];
            rc = libssh2_channel_read(channel, buffer, sizeof(buffer));
            if (rc > 0) {
                bytecount += rc;
                buffer[rc] = '\0';
                fprintf(stderr, "%s", buffer);
                count = 0;
            else {
                if (rc != LIBSSH2_ERROR_EAGAIN)
                    fprintf(stderr, "libssh2_channel_read returned %d\n",
            if (libssh2_channel_eof(channel)) {
                rc = 0;
        while(rc > 0);
        /* this is due to blocking that would occur otherwise so we loop on
           this condition */
        if(rc == LIBSSH2_ERROR_EAGAIN)
            //waitsocket(sock, sshSession);

Zulfiqar Inayat Malik.
for (;;count++)

Received on 2012-04-11