SSH: Use Remote Bash / KSH source Command Set Variable Locally From a Remote Server

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I have setup a master / local server combination using OpenSSH. My local server depends upon master server for a remote sourcing. The remote sourcing should set a large number of variables locally in a bash shell script. The code is:

[email protected] $ source ssh [email protected] "/service/dyn.master.setenv.sh --mode=slave"
echo “$var”

The var is not setting and I am getting various errors. How can I do a remote “source” of a bash script file (from master.example.com) and set a shell variable locally at slave.example.com?


You need to use eval or source command as follows to fix your problem:

source <(ssh [email protected] cat /path/to/varfile)

OR

eval $(ssh [email protected] cat /path/to/varfile)

Examples

Create a file called /tmp/foo on master server called master.example.com as follows:

JAIL=/lighttpd
PHP=/opt/bin/php5-cgi
MINIMAIL=/opt/bin/chroot-sendmail

Type the following command on server/workstation called slave.example.com (please note that [[email protected] ~]$ is your prompt):

[[email protected] ~]$ source <(ssh [email protected]  cat /tmp/foo)
[[email protected] ~]$ echo "$JAIL $PHP $MINIMAIL"

OR

[[email protected] ~]$ eval $(ssh [email protected] cat /tmp/foo)
[[email protected] ~]$ echo "$JAIL $PHP $MINIMAIL"

Sample session

Following sample session uses localhost computer as a master and slave. However, the concept remains same for master.example.com and slave.example.com Server.

Fig.01: Bash remote source or eval  command to set variables locally
Fig.01: Bash remote source or eval command to set variables locally (click to enlarge)

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