Updating my Raspberry Pi’s IP address on a distant server via SFTP

Now I have my external IP address, I want to collect it on a regular basis and push it to a server that accepts SFTP. Now sadly, that server doesn’t allow me to use passkey files, so I have to workaround using sshpass (a great little module allowing to pass passwords to the SSH commands – install as usual with apt-get install sshpass ).

The EOF at the end of the sftp command is to ensure that I am passing the rest of the commands to the sftp command. I could also use a -b flag and a file, but it would mean one more file to deal with.

#!/bin/bash
wget -q -O- http://ip4.me |
grep -o '[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}' > ip.txt
sshpass -p XXXXX sftp -oPort=22 username@xxx.cloudplush.com <<-EOF
cd /location
put ip.txt
bye

Then it was a simple matter of putting that in a crontab job, running it every five minutes is enough. Calling crontab crons.txt launched the job. crontab -l lists the jobs.

*/5 * * * * ~/go.sh >/dev/null