dsh - Distributed shell, or dancer's shell
dsh [-m machinename | -a | -g groupname] [-r
remoteshellname] [-c | -w | -i | -F forklimit ] --
executes command remotely on several different machines at the same
time. An utility to effectively do a for a in $(seq 1 10); do rsh $a
in bourne shell.
The options available are as follows.
- --verbose | -v
- Give verbose output of the execution process.
- --quiet | -q
- Makes output quieter.
- --machine | -m
- Adds machinename to the list of machines that the
command is exeuted. The syntax of machinename allows
username@machinename where remote shell is invoked with the option
to make it of username.
From version 0.21.4, it is possible to specify in the format of
that multiple hosts can be specified with comma-delimited values.
- --all | -a
- Add all machines found in /etc/dsh/machines.list to
the list of machines that the specified command is executed.
- --group groupname | -g groupname
- Add all machines found in
/etc/dsh/group/groupname to the list of machines that the
specified command is executed.
If groupname is on the form @netgroup then the machines in the given
netgroup is used to specify the list of machines to execute on.
- --file machinefile | -f
- Add all machines found in the specified file to the list of
machines that the specified command is executed.
The file should list one machine specification per line (with the same
syntax as the machinename argument). Lines starting with
"#" are ignored.
From version 0.21.4, Specifying the same machine several times using any of
the machine specification options will result in multiple invocations
merged into one.
- --remoteshell shellname | -r
- Execute remote shell shellname as the remote shell.
Usually any of "rsh", "remsh" or "ssh" are
- --remoteshellopt rshoption | -o
- Add one option rshoption to the list of options
passed on to the remote shell.
- --help | -h
- Output help message and exits.
- --wait-shell | -w
- Executes on each machine and waits for the execution
finishing before moving on to the next machine.
- --concurrent-shell | -c
- Executes shell concurrently.
- --show-machine-names | -M
- Prepends machine names on the standard output. Useful to be
used in conjunction with the --concurrent-shell option so that the
output is slightly more parsable.
- --hide-machine-names | -H
- Do not prepend machine names on the standard output.
- --duplicate-input | -i
- Duplicates the input to dsh process to individual process
that are remotely invoked. Needs to have --concurrent-shell set.
Due to limitations in current implementation, it is only useful for running
shell. Terminate the shell session with ctrl-D.
- --bufsize | -b [buffer-size in
- Sets the buffer size used in replicating input for
- --version | -V
- Outputs version information and exits.
- --num-topology | -N
- Changes the current topology from 1. 1 is the default
behavior of spawning the shell from one node to every node. Changing the
number to a value greater than 2 would result in dsh being spawned on
other machines as well.
- --forklimit | -F fork limit
- Similar to -c with a limit on the number of
simultaneous connections. dsh will wait before creating new connection if
the limit is reached. Useful when the number of nodes to be accessed is
going somewhere above 200, and using -N option is not possible.
The first non-zero exit code of child processes is returned, or zero if none
returned non-zero exit code.
1 if error is found in command-line specifications. 2 if signal is received from
- dsh -a w
- Shows list of users logged in on all workstations.
- dsh -r ssh -a -- w
- Shows list of users logged in on all workstations, and use
ssh command to connect. (It should be of note that when using ssh,
ssh-agent is handy.)
- dsh -r ssh -m node1 -m node2 -c -- 'echo $HOSTNAME
- Shows the load average of machines node1 and node2.
- /etc/dsh/machines.list |
- List of machine names to be used for when -a
command-line option is specified.
- /etc/dsh/group/groupname |
- List of machine names to be used for when -g
groupname command-line option is specified.
- /etc/dsh/dsh.conf | $(HOME)/.dsh/dsh.conf
- Configuration file containing the day-to-day default.
There should be a dcp
for copying files to remote systems.
Configuration files should really be able to do something more than it does now.
Junichi Uekawa (email@example.com)
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