Ubuntu – How to execute a command in multiple Terminals by executing a command in only one?

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I am going to have multiple machines that I am going to connect to via SSH so I am going to have multiple Terminal windows up, though what I want to do is to execute a command so that all the machines execute it, but currently what I will have to do is execute it in each individual Terminal window, is there any way that I can execute a command in one Terminal which will execute a specified command in all specified Terminal sessions for greater efficiency as I don't want to have to enter it into every individual Terminal window? I am going to be using gnome-terminal if that makes any difference.

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 and the other machines should be running the same.

Best Answer

  • One that I have used is ClusterSSH to send to multiple terminal windows at once.

    sudo apt-get install clusterssh

    ClusterSSH will open its own terminal windows that you can send commands to with the application. Once in ClusterSSH press Ctrl+Shift++ or click on Hosts in the menu and select Add host(s) or cluster(s) and type in all you want open separated by space between each one. You should get a window looking like this one:

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    then any command that you want to send to all the windows at once you type in the box below the File Hosts Send Help menu items.

    I have also written a script that you can run from a command prompt to open as many Cluster SSH windows as you want. I do recommend that before you use this script to run ssh-copy-id localhost so that it launches without asking to enter a password.

    The script:

    if [[ $1 == "" ]]; then
    echo -n "Please enter number of CSSH windows you want to open: "
    read num1
    if [[ ! ${num1} || ${num1} = *[^0-9]* ]]; then
        echo "${num1} is invalid input.  Please only use numbers."
        exit 1
    for i in $(seq $num1); do echo localhost; done | xargs nohup cssh >/dev/null 2>&1 &
    disown -a

    Hope this helps!