gfrcmd - Gfarm remote shell
gfrcmd host command ...
gfrcmd logs into a filesystem node host and executes commands on the
filesystem node. It provides a similar functionality to rsh. The
following is a list of differences, however.
A remote server is not executed by inetd, but is incorporated with
The user is authenticated and authorized by the Gfarm security
mechanism. Since this does not rely on privileged TCP ports for
authentication like rsh, the maximum number of remote executions is not
limited by the number of privileged ports.
Unlike rsh, gfrcmd utilizes a single TCP connection to a filesystem
node. It requires less kernel resources than rsh when several
processes are executed.
gfrcmd inherits the environment variable DISPLAY and the authentication
information of the X Window System.
On the filesystem node, the current working directory is not the home
directory that is often shared using NFS, but a spool directory of the
Gfarm filesystem, which makes it possible to leave core files on each
filesystem node when debugging.
It has functionality that invokes a debugger when a fatal signal
Specifies a username on a remote host.
-n Redirects the standard input from the special device /dev/null.
-r Executes a remote command directly without using a login shell.
-y Inherits the environment variable, DISPLAY.
-X Inherits the authentication information of the X Window System.
It is useful in a situation where the home directory is not
-v Displays error message verbosely.
-? Displays a list of command options.
Specifies the debugger command that is invoked when a remotely
executed command aborts with a fatal signal. When gdb is
specified, xterm and the GNU debugger gdb are executed. To
utilize this functionality, it is necessary to invoke gfrcmd on
the X Window System.
The -l option is not implemented yet.