May 26, 2018

Tool to run commands on multiple machines

Fanout and fanterm are two utilities that allow you to run commands on multiple machines. The difference is that fanout only runs non-interactive commands like dd, cat, adduser, uname -a, etc. and pipelines built of these. The output is collected into a single display that can be viewed by less or redirected to a file.

Fanterm, on the other hand, allows you to run interactive text mode commands on multiple machines at the same time. Your keystrokes are sent to a shell or application running on each of the target systems. The output from each system is shown in a separate xterm.

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