stdin: is not a tty

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This was a new one for me. Received when doing automated remote log-ins on a cPanel server. The scripts would be confused by the following message:

stdin: is not a tty

It was  caused by the following line in .bashrc (note that it could be in /etc/bashrc or /etc/profile, all those are on the target host)

mesg y

Often it can be caused by biff y as well.

Replacing the line with the following should fix it:

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if `tty -s ` && `test -x /usr/bin/mesg`; then
  mesg y
fi

What happens is that some program in your bashrc (or one sourced automatically from /etc ) is expecting the shell to be interactive when it’s not (for example you run commands over ssh). The fix is to find the problematic program and test for an interactive shell before calling it.