Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is it possible to do a simple inline style SSH command, for example:

ssh foo@bar.com { cd foo/bar && rm *.foobar }
share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 21 down vote accepted

Should you want to execute cd foo/bar && rm *.foobar on the remote machine, simply do

ssh foo@bar.com  'cd foo/bar && rm *.foobar'

and see man ssh...

ssh [-1246AaCfgkMNnqsTtVvXxY] [-b bind_address] [-c cipher_spec] [-D
[bind_address:]port] [-e escape_char] [-F configfile]
[-i identity_file] [-L   [bind_address:]port:host:hostport]
[-l login_name] [-m mac_spec] [-O ctl_cmd] [-o option] [-p port] [-R
[bind_address:]port:host:hostport] [-S ctl_path] [-w tunnel:tunnel
[user@]hostname [command]

The parts you want:

ssh [user@]hostname [command]
share|improve this answer
Worth noting that you can pipe STDIN and STDOUT using this method as well- just the other day I made a HD image of a remote machine using DD over ssh. –  crazy2be Aug 5 '11 at 2:54
add comment

style 1: ssh user@host 'embedded command'

style 2: ssh user@host " $(cat cmd.txt) "
cmd.txt is file that contain your remote command which is locate at your local machine

share|improve this answer
add comment

yes it is :

ssh foo@bar.com 'cd foo/bar && rm *.foobar '
share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.