Receive XML texts ) via SSH

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asked Nov 19, 2018 by rkm (170 points)

I would like to be able to receive and send commands as XML strings via SSH. But I receive only "<?xml" instead of the whole XML string.

Why XML: because my client is an application.

My server init:

_secureServer = new FileServer();
_secureServer.Bind(2222, FileServerProtocol.Shell);
_secureServer.Bind(2222, FileServerProtocol.Sftp);
_secureServer.ShellCommand += server_ShellCommand;

Receive function:

void server_ShellCommand(object sender, ShellCommandEventArgs e)
  if (e.Command.Equals("sh"))

   string command = e.Command;

I'm sending a normal XML string beginning with

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<ShellCommandBase xmlns:xsi="

Before sending it to the server I remove all new lines.

Makes no sense why it ends after a space??

1 Answer

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answered Nov 20, 2018 by Lukas Matyska (59,530 points)

The remote behaves as UNIX-like shell. It means that:

  1. commands are separated by new line.
  2. command is the first word on the line, then command arguments follows.

In your case, the commands are:

  1. <?xml and arguments are version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
  2. <ShellCommandBase and arguments are the rest of line xmlns:xsi=...

To achieve what you need, I suggest you to:

  1. Upload the XML using SFTP, to some directory under unique name.
  2. Run custom command to execute uploaded XML, e.g. runxml unique-name-from-previous-step

Alternatively, you can read the XML in custom runxml command like this:

    if (e.Command == "runxml")
        e.Action = new Func<string[], SshConsole, int>((args, console) =>
            while (true)
                console.WriteLine("Waiting for XML:");

                var line1 = console.ReadLine();
                var line2 = console.ReadLine();

                var xml = new XmlDocument();
                xml.LoadXml(line1 + line2);

                console.WriteLine("XML OK");

                return 0;

Please note, that for the above example the input XML has to end with new line.

commented Nov 20, 2018 by rkm (170 points)
Ahh, just thinking about the new line, not the command + arguments. Thanks a lot!