Script or command to: List a directory and cat a file on multiple servers

Posted on 2014-04-14
Last Modified: 2014-04-14
I'd like to write a quick script in bash to list the contents of a file located in /home/users/thisfile.txt

For example:

homeserver I'd like to execute a script called: should contain

ssh user@server_fus; cat /home/users/thisfile.txt
read -s -n 1 -p "Press any key"
ssh user@server_cda; cat/home /users/thisfile.txt
read -s -n 1 -p "Press any key"

The read command just pauses for a moment, so I can see what the file contains.

What's the best way to do what I'm describing? ...a command line for loop would be fine, it wouldn't have to be a script file.
Question by:Viclyn
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woolmilkporc earned 500 total points
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Create a file named e.g "servers.txt" containing your servernames, one per line.




for S in $(<servers.txt)
   ssh -tt user@$S '
      cat /home/users/thisfile.txt
       read -s -n 1 -p "Press any key"  '

A one-liner is possible, but really "long":

for S in $(<servers.txt);  do ssh -tt user@$S 'cat /home/users/thisfile.txt;  ls;  read -s -n 1 -p "Press any key"  ';  done

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If you can go without "read" (sleep e.g. 1 second instead) we can make it shorter:

xargs -I{} ssh user@{} "cat /home/users/thisfile.txt;  ls; sleep1" <servers.txt

Author Comment

ID: 39999383
The "Press any key" seems to be suppressed. It still works, I was just wondering if there was a way to have it displayed during each iteration...?

But, I consider this answered, and very much appreciate the help.
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Did you notice that I edited my answer to add the "-tt" flag to the ssh command?

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