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Terminal - Commands tagged ssh - 168 results
multitail -l 'ssh machine1 "tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log"' -l 'ssh machine2 "tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log"'
2011-10-12 10:05:18

this way you have the multitail with all its options running on your own machine with the tails of the two remote machines inside :)

Tunnel a MySQL server listening on a UNIX socket to the local machine
2011-10-07 18:53:19
User: michaelmior
Tags: mysql ssh tunnel

Listens on local port 5500 and connects to remotehost with username user to tunnel the given socket file. Will work with anything, but can be useful if there's a need for a local application to connect with a remote server which was started without networking.

ssh <user>@<host> 'mkdir -m 700 ~/.ssh; echo ' $(< ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) ' >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys ; chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys'
2011-10-03 15:59:43
User: Halki
Functions: chmod echo ssh
Tags: ssh ksh

Creates the .ssh directory on the remote host with proper permissions, if it doesnt exist. Appends your public key to authorized_keys, and verifies it has proper permissions. (if it didnt exist it may have been created with undesireable permissions).

*Korn shell syntax, may or may not work with bash

cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh <REMOTE> "(cat > tmp.pubkey ; mkdir -p .ssh ; touch .ssh/authorized_keys ; sed -i.bak -e '/$(awk '{print $NF}' ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub)/d' .ssh/authorized_keys; cat tmp.pubkey >> .ssh/authorized_keys; rm tmp.pubkey)"
2011-09-30 07:39:24
User: tamouse
Functions: cat ssh
Tags: ssh awk

This one is a bit more robust -- the remote machine may not have an .ssh directory, and it may not have an authorized_keys file, but if it does already, and you want to replace your ssh public key for some reason, this will work in that case as well, without duplicating the entry.

ssh root@HOST tcpdump -iany -U -s0 -w - 'not port 22' | wireshark -k -i -
2011-09-13 21:10:40
User: dr3s
Functions: ssh tcpdump

analyze traffic remotely over ssh w/ wireshark

When using tcpdump, specify -U option to prevent buffering and -iany to see all interfaces.

sshmysql() { ssh -L 13306: -N $* & }
2011-09-01 10:21:55
Functions: ssh

Create a secure tunnelled connection for access to a remote MySQL database.

For example, connect with MySQL Workbench to root@

date `ssh user@server date "+%y%m%d%H%M.%S"`
2011-08-30 22:32:14
User: wu
Functions: date
Tags: ssh ,NTP ,Date

Neat idea! This variation works on FreeBSD.

date --set="$(ssh user@server date)"
2011-08-30 20:03:06
User: splante
Functions: date
Tags: ssh ,NTP ,Date

Shorter, easier to remember version of cmd#7636

NTP is better, but there are situations where it can't be used. In those cases, you can do this to sync the local time to a server.

var=host ;while ! nc -zw 1 $var 22;do sleep 1; done ; ssh user@$var
complete -W "$(sed 's/;.*//;' /etc/hosts | awk ' /^[[:digit:]]/ {$1 = "";print tolower($0)}')" ssh
2011-06-20 03:54:45
User: daodennis

If you have a lot of hosts in /etc/hosts this would be very useful. Anyone have any more concise examples?

2011-06-17 18:29:59
User: xeor
Tags: ssh

SSH can be controlled trough an ~ escape sequence. Example, to terminate the current ssh connection, type a newline, then the ~ character, and last a . character.

This is useful eg when an ssh connection hangs after you reboot a machine and the connection hangs.

complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sed -e s/,.*//g | uniq | grep -v "\["`;)" ssh
while true; do date; ssh <YOUR HOST HERE> "echo" && echo "HOST UP" && break; sleep 60; done
ssh -R 9000:localhost:9000 you@remote-php-web-server.com
2011-05-28 09:39:16
User: nadavkav
Functions: ssh

If you need to xdebug a remote php application, which is behind a firewall, and you have an ssh daemon running on that machine. you can redirect port 9000 on that machine over to your local machine from which you run your xdebug client (I am using phpStorm)

So, run this command on your local machine and start your local xdebug client, to start debugging.

more info:


apt-get install `ssh root@host_you_want_to_clone "dpkg -l | grep ii" | awk '{print $2}'`
ssh vm-user@`VBoxManage guestproperty get "vm-name" "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/0/V4/IP" | awk '{ print $2 }'`
2011-05-04 18:01:36
User: lucasrangit
Functions: awk get ssh

Booting the VM headless via VBoxHeadless requires knowledge of the VM's network in order to connect. Using VBoxManage in this way and you can SSH to the VM without first looking up the current IP, which changes depending on how you have your VM configured.

pbpaste | ssh user@hostname pbcopy
2011-04-24 16:30:48
User: DavidLudwig
Functions: ssh
Tags: ssh osx clipboard

This uses ssh to transfer the contents of one Mac's clipboard to another's. This only works with plain text, sadly. Trying to transfer images will just clear out the remote machine's clipboard, and rich text will be converted to plain text. Using the "Remote Login" must be enabled on the remote machine (via System Preferences' Sharing panel) for this to work.

ssh username@remotehost 'mysqldump -u <dbusername> -p<dbpassword> <dbname> tbl_name_1 tbl_name_2 tbl_name_3 | gzip -c -' | gzip -dc - | mysql -u <localusername> -p<localdbpassword> <localdbname>
ssh username@remotehost 'mysqldump -u <dbusername> -p<dbpassword> <dbname> tbl_name_1 tbl_name_2 tbl_name_3' | mysql -u <localusername> -p<localdbpassword> <localdbname> < /dev/stdin
2011-03-09 18:35:07
User: tur_ki_sh
Functions: ssh

In the example above 3 tables are copied. You can change the number of tables. You should be able to come up with variants of the command by modifying the mysqldump part easily, to copy some part of remote mysql DB.

cat tarfile.tar.gz | ssh server.com " cd /tmp; tar xvzf - directory/i/want"
2011-02-11 17:10:01
User: alf
Functions: cat ssh
Tags: ssh tar

This may be listed already but this command is useful to untar a specific directory to a different server.

date +%Y%m%d%T -s "`ssh user@server 'date "+%Y%m%d %T"'`"
2011-01-11 10:33:32
Functions: date
Tags: ssh ,NTP ,Date

If you are stuck behind a firewall and want to synchronize time with another server but you do not want to port forward NTP (which uses UDP) then this command is handy. It gets the time from a server and sets the local time. It is not that accurate but I can live with a second or so drift.

ssh -T user@server < script.sh
2011-01-10 20:09:55
User: dlebauer
Functions: ssh

Run local scripts on remote server. "-T Disable pseudo-tty allocation"

ssh -f -L 5900:localhost:5900 your.ssh.server "x11vnc -safer -localhost -nopw -once -display :0"; vinagre localhost:5900
2010-12-29 08:41:10
User: johnquail
Functions: ssh

This command

1. SSH into a machine

2. Tunnels VNC port to your local computer ("-L 5900:localhost:5900")

3. Runs a single use vnc server ("x11vnc -safer -localhost -nopw -once -display :0")

4. Goes into the background ("-f")

5. Runs VNC viewer on the local computer connecting to the remote machine via the newly created SSH tunnel ("vinagre localhost:5900")

ssh-keygen -l -f ~/.ssh/known_hosts
2010-12-05 04:03:07
User: atoponce
Functions: ssh ssh-keygen
Tags: ssh

Will return the SSH server key information for each host you have in your ~/.ssh/known_hosts file, including key size, key fingerprint, key IP address or domain name, and key type.

command | ssh myHost xsel -i --display :0
2010-11-23 19:59:22
User: wincus
Functions: command ssh
Tags: ssh bash xsel

This command will copy command's output into your local clipboard