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Executes commands simultaneously on several hosts

The 'diligence' shell (dish) lets you execute commands on several hosts. By using expect to automate interactive remote logins via ssh, rsh or telnet, dish executes commands, sequentially or simultaneously, on all specified hosts. It is a powerful system administration tool for a group (cluster) of heterogeneous hosts allowing remote control from a single point of management. 'dish' is very flexible, and has similar functionality to IBM's dsh (distributed shell) as well as the ability to remotely execute commands which require authentication - ie in case of password change, scp inside ssh, password-protected smbfs mount, su shell, etc.


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Leaders and contributors

Dimitar Ivanov Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use ssh/rsh/telnet
Required to use expect
Required to use tcl/tk

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 March 2017.


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