jamis,

i reversed order  and still no luck i get the following error message
from the below code irb is telling me that the thread is still being
killed prior
to anything starting:

BEGIN ERROR MESSAGE
----------

[root@falcon1 src]# ./example.rb
/usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh/transport/session.rb:132:in
`initialize': Connection refused - connect(2) (Errno::ECONNREFUSED)
from
/usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh/transport/session.rb:132:in
`open'
from
/usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh/transport/session.rb:132:in
`initialize'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh.rb:175:in `new'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh.rb:175:in `open'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/net/ssh.rb:93:in `start'
from ./example.rb:19
---------
END ERROR MESSAGE

BEGIN CODE
-------------

#!/usr/local/bin/ruby

require 'thread'
require 'net/ssh'
require 'net/ssh/service/forward'


threads = []


t =  Thread.new do
Net::SSH.start( 'localhost', 'localuser', 'passwd' ) do |session|
mgr = PortForwardManager.new( session )
mgr.forward_local( 1236, '10.0.0.4', 22 )
session.main_loop
end
end

Net::SSH.start( 'localhost', 1236, 'remoteuser', 'passwd' ) do
|session|
result = session.exec("hostname; uptime")
puts result.data
end

threads.push( t )
threads.each { |t| t.join }

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END