pdsh(1)                      General Commands Manual                     pdsh(1)

       pdsh - issue commands to groups of hosts in parallel

       pdsh [options]... command

       pdsh is a variant of the rsh(1) command. Unlike rsh(1), which runs
       commands on a single remote host, pdsh can run multiple remote commands
       in parallel. pdsh uses a "sliding window" (or fanout) of threads to
       conserve resources on the initiating host while allowing some connections
       to time out.

       When pdsh receives SIGINT (ctrl-C), it lists the status of current
       threads. A second SIGINT within one second terminates the program.
       Pending threads may be canceled by issuing ctrl-Z within one second of
       ctrl-C.  Pending threads are those that have not yet been initiated, or
       are still in the process of connecting to the remote host.

       If a remote command is not specified on the command line, pdsh runs
       interactively, prompting for commands and executing them when terminated
       with a carriage return. In interactive mode, target nodes that time out
       on the first command are not contacted for subsequent commands, and
       commands prefixed with an exclamation point will be executed on the local

       The core functionality of pdsh may be supplemented by dynamically
       loadable modules. The modules may provide a new connection protocol
       (replacing the standard rcmd(3) protocol used by rsh(1)), filtering
       options (e.g. removing hosts that are "down" from the target list),
       and/or host selection options (e.g., -a selects all hosts from a
       configuration file.). By default, pdsh must have at least one "rcmd"
       module loaded. See the RCMD MODULES section for more information.

       The method by which pdsh runs commands on remote hosts may be selected at
       runtime using the -R option (See OPTIONS below).  This functionality is
       ultimately implemented via dynamically loadable modules, and so the list
       of available options may be different from installation to installation.
       A list of currently available rcmd modules is printed when using any of
       the -h, -V, or -L options. The default rcmd module will also be displayed
       with the -h and -V options.

       A list of rcmd modules currently distributed with pdsh follows.

       rsh     Uses an internal, thread-safe implementation of BSD rcmd(3) to
               run commands using the standard rsh(1) protocol.

       exec    Executes an arbitrary command for each target host. The first of
               the pdsh remote arguments is the local command to execute,
               followed by any further arguments. Some simple parameters are
               substitued on the command line, including %h for the target
               hostname, %u for the remote username, and %n for the remote rank
               [0-n] (To get a literal % use %%).  For example, the following
               would duplicate using the ssh module to run hostname(1) across
               the hosts foo[0-10]:

                  pdsh -R exec -w foo[0-10] ssh -x -l %u %h hostname

               and this command line would run grep(1) in parallel across the
               files console.foo[0-10]:

                  pdsh -R exec -w foo[0-10] grep BUG console.%h

       ssh     Uses a variant of popen(3) to run multiple copies of the ssh(1)

       mrsh    This module uses the mrsh(1) protocol to execute jobs on remote
               hosts.  The mrsh protocol uses a credential based authentication,
               forgoing the need to allocate reserved ports. In other aspects,
               it acts just like rsh. Remote nodes must be running mrshd(8) in
               order for the mrsh module to work.

       krb4    The krb4 module allows users to execute remote commands after
               authenticating with kerberos. Of course, the remote rshd daemons
               must be kerberized.

       xcpu    The xcpu module uses the xcpu service to execute remote commands.

       The list of available options is determined at runtime by supplementing
       the list of standard pdsh options with any options provided by loaded
       rcmd and misc modules.  In some cases, options provided by modules may
       conflict with each other. In these cases, the modules are incompatible
       and the first module loaded wins.

Standard target nodelist options
       -w TARGETS,...
              Target and or filter the specified list of hosts. Do not use with
              any other node selection options (e.g. -a, -g, if they are
              available). No spaces are allowed in the comma-separated list.
              Arguments in the TARGETS list may include normal host names, a
              range of hosts in hostlist format (See HOSTLIST EXPRESSIONS), or a
              single `-' character to read the list of hosts on stdin.

              If a host or hostlist is preceded by a `-' character, this causes
              those hosts to be explicitly excluded. If the argument is preceded
              by a single `^' character, it is taken to be the path to file
              containing a list of hosts, one per line. If the item begins with
              a `/' character, it is taken  as a regular expression on which to
              filter the list of hosts (a regex argument may also be optionally
              trailed by another '/', e.g.  /node.*/). A regex or file name
              argument may also be preceeded by a minus `-' to exclude instead
              of include thoses hosts.

              A list of hosts may also be preceded by "user@" to specify a
              remote username other than the default, or "rcmd_type:" to specify
              an alternate rcmd connection type for these hosts. When used
              together, the rcmd type must be specified first, e.g.
              "ssh:user1@host0" would use ssh to connect to host0 as user

       -x host,host,...
              Exclude the specified hosts. May be specified in conjunction with
              other target node list options such as -a and -g (when available).
              Hostlists may also be specified to the -x option (see the HOSTLIST
              EXPRESSIONS section below). Arguments to -x may also be preceeded
              by the filename (`^') and regex ('/') characters as described
              above, in which case the resulting hosts are excluded as if they
              had been given to -w and preceeded with the minus `-' character.

Standard pdsh options
       -S     Return the largest of the remote command return values.

       -h     Output usage menu and quit. A list of available rcmd modules will
              also be printed at the end of the usage message.

       -s     Only on AIX, separate remote command stderr and stdout into two

       -q     List option values and the target nodelist and exit without

       -b     Disable ctrl-C status feature so that a single ctrl-C kills
              parallel job. (Batch Mode)

       -l user
              This option may be used to run remote commands as another user,
              subject to authorization. For BSD rcmd, this means the invoking
              user and system must be listed in the userĀ“s .rhosts file (even
              for root).

       -t seconds
              Set the connect timeout. Default is 10 seconds.  This option may
              also be set via the PDSH_CONNECT_TIMEOUT environment variable.

       -u seconds
              Set a limit on the amount of time a remote command is allowed to
              execute.  Default is no limit. See note in LIMITATIONS if using -u
              with ssh.  This option may also be set via the
              PDSH_COMMAND_TIMEOUT environment variable.

       -f number
              Set the maximum number of simultaneous remote commands to number.
              The default is 32.

       -R name
              Set rcmd module to name. This option may also be set via the
              PDSH_RCMD_TYPE environment variable. A list of available rcmd
              modules may be obtained via the -h, -V, or -L options.  The
              default will be listed with -h or -V.

       -M name,...
              When multiple misc modules provide the same options to pdsh, the
              first module initialized "wins" and subsequent modules are not
              loaded.  The -M option allows a list of modules to be specified
              that will be force-initialized before all others, in-effect
              ensuring that they load without conflict (unless they conflict
              with eachother). This option may also be set via the
              PDSH_MISC_MODULES environment variable.

       -L     List info on all loaded pdsh modules and quit.

       -N     Disable hostname: prefix on lines of output.

       -d     Include more complete thread status when SIGINT is received, and
              display connect and command time statistics on stderr when done.

       -V     Output pdsh version information, along with list of currently
              loaded modules, and exit.

machines module options
       -a     Target all nodes from machines file.

genders module options
       In addition to the genders options presented below, the genders attribute
       pdsh_rcmd_type may also be used in the genders database to specify an
       alternate rcmd connect type than the pdsh default for hosts with this
       attribute. For example, the following line in the genders file

         host0 pdsh_rcmd_type=ssh

       would cause pdsh to use ssh to connect to host0, even if rsh were the
       default.  This can be overridden on the commandline with the
       "rcmd_type:host0" syntax.

       -A     Target all nodes in genders database. The -A option will target
              every host listed in genders -- if you want to omit some hosts by
              default, see the -a option below.

       -a     Target all nodes in genders database except those with the
              "pdsh_all_skip" attribute. This is shorthand for running "pdsh -A
              -X pdsh_all_skip ..."

       -g attr[=val][,attr[=val],...]
              Target nodes that match any of the specified genders attributes
              (with optional values). Conflicts with the -a option. If used in
              combination with other node selection options like -w, the -g
              option will select from the supplied node list, instead of from
              the genders file as a whole. Otherwise, This option targets the
              alternate hostnames in the genders database by default. The -i
              option provided by the genders module may be used to translate
              these to the canonical genders hostnames. If the installed version
              of genders supports it, attributes supplied to -g may also take
              the form of genders queries. Genders queries will query the
              genders database for the union, intersection, difference, or
              complement of genders attributes and values.  The set operation
              union is represented by two pipe symbols ('||'), intersection by
              two ampersand symbols ('&&'), difference by two minus symbols
              ('--'), and complement by a tilde ('~').  Parentheses may be used
              to change the order of operations. See the nodeattr(1) manpage for
              examples of genders queries.

       -X attr[=val][,attr[=val],...]
              Exclude nodes that match any of the specified genders attributes
              (optionally with values).  This option may be used in combination
              with any other of the node selection options (e.g. -w, -g, -a, -X
              may also take the form of genders queries. Please see
              documentation for the genders -g option for more information about
              genders queries.

       -i     Request translation between canonical and alternate hostnames.

       -F filename
              Read genders information from filename instead of the system
              default genders file. If filename doesn't specify an absolute path
              then it is taken to be relative to the directory specified by the
              PDSH_GENDERS_DIR environment variable (/etc by default). An
              alternate genders file may also be specified via the
              PDSH_GENDERS_FILE environment variable.

nodeupdown module options
       -v     Eliminate target nodes that are considered "down" by

slurm module options
       The slurm module allows pdsh to target nodes based on currently running
       SLURM jobs. The slurm module is typically called after all other node
       selection options have been processed, and if no nodes have been
       selected, the module will attempt to read a running jobid from the
       SLURM_JOBID environment variable (which is set when running under a SLURM
       allocation). If SLURM_JOBID references an invalid job, it will be
       silently ignored.

       -j jobid[,jobid,...]
              Target list of nodes allocated to the SLURM job jobid. This option
              may be used multiple times to target multiple SLURM jobs. The
              special argument "all" can be used to target all nodes running
              SLURM jobs, e.g.  -j all.

       -P partition[,partition,...]
              Target list of nodes containing in the SLURM partition partition.
              This option may be used multiple times to target multiple SLURM
              partitions and/or partitions may be given in a comma-delimited

torque module options
       The torque module allows pdsh to target nodes based on currently running
       Torque/PBS jobs. Similar to the slurm module, the torque module is
       typically called after all other node selection options have been
       processed, and if no nodes have been selected, the module will attempt to
       read a running jobid from the PBS_JOBID environment variable (which is
       set when running under a Torque allocation).

       -j jobid[,jobid,...]
              Target list of nodes allocated to the Torque job jobid. This
              option may be used multiple times to target multiple Torque jobs.

dshgroup module options
       The dshgroup module allows pdsh to use dsh (or Dancer's shell) style
       group files from /etc/dsh/group/ or ~/.dsh/group/. The default search
       path may be overridden with the DSHGROUP_PATH environment variable, a
       colon-separated list of directories to search. The default value for
       DSHGROUP_PATH is /etc/dsh/group.

       -g groupname,...
              Target nodes in dsh group file "groupname" found in either
              ~/.dsh/group/groupname or /etc/dsh/group/groupname.

       -X groupname,...
              Exclude nodes in dsh group file "groupname."

       As an enhancement in pdsh, dshgroup files may optionally include other
       dshgroup files via a special #include STRING syntax.  The argument to
       #include may be either a file path, or a group name, in which case the
       path used to search for the group file is the same as if the group had
       been specified to -g.

netgroup module options
       The netgroup module allows pdsh to use standard netgroup entries to build
       lists of target hosts. (/etc/netgroup or NIS)

       -g groupname,...
              Target nodes in netgroup "groupname."

       -X groupname,...
              Exclude nodes in netgroup "groupname."

              Equivalent to the -R option, the value of this environment
              variable will be used to set the default rcmd module for pdsh to
              use (e.g. ssh, rsh).

              Override the standard arguments that pdsh passes to the ssh(1)
              command ("-2 -a -x -l%u %h"). The use of the parameters %u, %h,
              and %n (as documented in the rcmd/exec section above) is optional.
              If these parameters are missing, pdsh will append them to the ssh
              commandline because it is assumed they are mandatory.

              Append additional options to the ssh(1) command invoked by pdsh.
              For example, PDSH_SSH_ARGS_APPEND="-q" would run ssh in quiet
              mode, or "-v" would increase the verbosity of ssh. (Note: these
              arguments are actually prepended to the ssh commandline to ensure
              they appear before any target hostname argument to ssh.)

       WCOLL  If no other node selection option is used, the WCOLL environment
              variable may be set to a filename from which a list of target
              hosts will be read. The file should contain a list of hosts, one
              per line (though each line may contain a hostlist expression.  See
              HOSTLIST EXPRESSIONS section below).

              If set, the path in DSHPATH will be used as the PATH for the
              remote processes.

       FANOUT Set the pdsh fanout (See description of -f above).

       As noted in sections above pdsh accepts lists of hosts the general form:
       prefix[n-m,l-k,...], where n < m and l < k, etc., as an alternative to
       explicit lists of hosts. This form should not be confused with regular
       expression character classes (also denoted by ``[]''). For example,
       foo[19] does not represent an expression matching foo1 or foo9, but
       rather represents the degenerate hostlist: foo19.

       The hostlist syntax is meant only as a convenience on clusters with a
       "prefixNNN" naming convention and specification of ranges should not be
       considered necessary -- the list foo1,foo9 could be specified as such, or
       by the hostlist foo[1,9].

       Some examples of usage follow:

       Run command on foo01,foo02,...,foo05
           pdsh -w foo[01-05] command

       Run command on foo7,foo9,foo10
            pdsh -w foo[7,9-10] command

       Run command on foo0,foo4,foo5
            pdsh -w foo[0-5] -x foo[1-3] command

       A suffix on the hostname is also supported:

       Run command on foo0-eth0,foo1-eth0,foo2-eth0,foo3-eth0
          pdsh -w foo[0-3]-eth0 command

       As a reminder to the reader, some shells will interpret brackets ('[' and
       ']') for pattern matching.  Depending on your shell, it may be necessary
       to enclose ranged lists within quotes.  For example, in tcsh, the first
       example above should be executed as:

            pdsh -w "foo[01-05]" command

       Originally a rewrite of IBM dsh(1) by Jim Garlick <garlick@llnl.gov> on
       LLNL's ASCI Blue-Pacific IBM SP system. It is now used on Linux clusters
       at LLNL.

       When using ssh for remote execution, expect the stderr of ssh to be
       folded in with that of the remote command. When invoked by pdsh, it is
       not possible for ssh to prompt for passwords if RSA/DSA keys are
       configured properly, etc..  For ssh implementations that suppport a
       connect timeout option, pdsh attempts to use that option to enforce the
       timeout (e.g. -oConnectTimeout=T for OpenSSH), otherwise connect timeouts
       are not supported when using ssh.  Finally, there is no reliable way for
       pdsh to ensure that remote commands are actually terminated when using a
       command timeout. Thus if -u is used with ssh commands may be left running
       on remote hosts even after timeout has killed local ssh processes.

       The number of nodes that pdsh can simultaneously execute remote jobs on
       is limited by the maximum number of threads that can be created
       concurrently, as well as the availability of reserved ports in the rsh
       module. On systems that implement Posix threads, the limit is typically
       defined by the constant PTHREADS_THREADS_MAX.

       rsh(1), ssh(1), dshbak(1), pdcp(1)

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