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run complex remote shell cmds over ssh, without escaping quotes

Terminal - run complex remote shell cmds over ssh, without escaping quotes
ssh host -l user $(<cmd.txt)
2010-06-04 17:47:00
User: recursiverse
Functions: host ssh
run complex remote shell cmds over ssh, without escaping quotes

Much simpler method. More portable version: ssh host -l user "`cat cmd.txt`"


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
echo "properly_escaped_command" | ssh [email protected] $(< /dev/fd/0)
2012-07-18 10:36:07
User: trantorvega
Functions: echo ssh

It executes commands as arguments to ssh, avoiding problematic shell expansions, without the need of writing the commands in question to a temporary file, just reading them from STDIN.

perl -e 'system @ARGV, <STDIN>' ssh host -l user < cmd.txt
2010-06-04 17:27:20
User: recursiverse
Functions: host perl ssh

I was tired of the endless quoting, unquoting, re-quoting, and escaping characters that left me with working, but barely comprehensible shell one-liners. It can be really frustrating, especially if the local and remote shells differ and have their own escaping and quoting rules. I decided to try a different approach and ended up with this.

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What others think

so we need to save the command in cmd.txt first and then run it?

there's no way to do this? :

ssh host -l user $(perl -ane "print $F[1]\n" filename )
Comment by alperyilmaz 311 weeks and 4 days ago

one alternative I can think of (not to save a file and then use "cat cmd.txt") is;

ssh host -l user "`cat -`"

And then type your command, press Enter and then ctrl-D. This will allow you run complex commands on remote machine without saving a file..

Comment by alperyilmaz 311 weeks and 3 days ago

Nice one, thanks!

Comment by DaveQB 311 weeks and 2 days ago

Couldn't you just do,

ssh -t [email protected] cat cmd.exe

It has something to do with the -t, I'll have to re-read the man pages beucase I forgot all of what it does.

Comment by Dark006 311 weeks ago

Oops my bad, nevermind my comment above. I used the -t in my command before to attach to a screen.


Comment by Dark006 311 weeks ago

What about `ssh [email protected] < cmd.txt`?

Comment by tlrobinson 310 weeks ago

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