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RSH(1)			FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual			RSH(1)

     rsh -- remote shell

     rsh [-46dn] [-l username] [-t timeout] host [command]

     The rsh utility executes command on host.

     The rsh utility copies its	standard input to the remote command, the
     standard output of	the remote command to its standard output, and the
     standard error of the remote command to its standard error.  Interrupt,
     quit and terminate	signals	are propagated to the remote command; rsh nor-
     mally terminates when the remote command does.  The options are as	fol-

     -4	   Use IPv4 addresses only.

     -6	   Use IPv6 addresses only.

     -d	   Turn	on socket debugging (using setsockopt(2)) on the TCP sockets
	   used	for communication with the remote host.

     -l	username
	   Allow the remote username to	be specified.  By default, the remote
	   username is the same	as the local username.	Authorization is
	   determined as in rlogin(1).

     -n	   Redirect input from the special device /dev/null (see the BUGS sec-
	   tion	of this	manual page).

     -t	timeout
	   Allow a timeout to be specified (in seconds).  If no	data is	sent
	   or received in this time, rsh will exit.

     If	no command is specified, you will be logged in on the remote host
     using rlogin(1).

     Shell metacharacters which	are not	quoted are interpreted on local
     machine, while quoted metacharacters are interpreted on the remote
     machine.  For example, the	command

	   rsh otherhost cat remotefile	>> localfile

     appends the remote	file remotefile	to the local file localfile, while

	   rsh otherhost cat remotefile	">>" other_remotefile

     appends remotefile	to other_remotefile.


     rlogin(1),	setsockopt(2), rcmd(3),	ruserok(3), hosts(5), hosts.equiv(5),
     rlogind(8), rshd(8)

     The rsh command appeared in 4.2BSD.

     If	you are	using csh(1) and put a rsh in the background without redirect-
     ing its input away	from the terminal, it will block even if no reads are
     posted by the remote command.  If no input	is desired you should redirect
     the input of rsh to /dev/null using the -n	option.

     You cannot	run an interactive command (like ee(1) or vi(1)) using rsh;
     use rlogin(1) instead.

     Stop signals stop the local rsh process only; this	is arguably wrong, but
     currently hard to fix for reasons too complicated to explain here.

FreeBSD	11.0		       October 16, 2002			  FreeBSD 11.0


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