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RSH(1)                     OpenBSD Reference Manual                     RSH(1)

NAME
     rsh - remote shell

SYNOPSIS
     rsh [-dn] [-l username] hostname [command]

DESCRIPTION
     rsh executes command on hostname.

     Note: rsh has been deprecated in favor of ssh(1).  Use of rsh is discour-
     aged due to the inherent insecurity of host-based authentication.

     rsh 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 normally terminates
     when the remote command does.

     The options are as follows:

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

     -l      By default, the remote username is the same as the local user-
             name.  The -l option allows the remote name to be specified.

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

     If no command is specified, you will be logged in on the remote host us-
     ing rlogin if it exists on the system or telnet(1) if not.

     If rsh is not invoked with the standard program name (``rsh''), it uses
     this name as its hostname argument.

     Shell meta-characters which are not quoted are interpreted on local ma-
     chine, while quoted meta-characters are interpreted on the remote ma-
     chine.  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.

FILES
     /etc/hosts

SEE ALSO
     telnet(1), rcmd(3)

HISTORY
     The rsh command appeared in 4.2BSD.

BUGS
     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 rogue(6) or vi(1)) using rsh;
     use telnet(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.

OpenBSD 3.4                      July 24, 1991                               2

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