I want to do something like this:
ssh bob@mycomputer "pkill -f $program; echo 'Done!'";
Well seems really a good case here. The
-f flag uses the full path of terminal and if its unable to get the process then it kills all the processes it could like
pkill -f / which includes ssh. Refer here.
If you try pkill without
-f then it works.
You can also check ssh verbose (ssh -v) to see what is happening in the background.
Hope it helps.