multido 0.1.0

Easily run a shell command in parallel
multido is a command-line utility that allows sys admins to easily run multiple shell command in parallel.


 multido "ssh %s uptime" host1 host2 host3
host1: 22:02:28 up 5 days, 2:52, 0 users, load average: 0.05, 0.04, 0.05
host2: 22:02:27 up 5 days, 24 min, 0 users, load average: 0.05, 0.03, 0.05
host3: 22:02:28 up 6 days, 48 min, 0 users, load average: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05

Unlike say, xargs -P, multido will not just give up if there is a problem with one of the commands, instead it will output the STDERR to STDERR with the RC prepended to each line:

 multido "ls /etc/%s" passwd missing sudoers
passwd: /etc/passwd
missing: RC1: ls: /etc/missing: No such file or directory
sudoers: /etc/sudoers

multido also accepts stdin from a pipe too, making for easy to chain commands:

 echo -e "host1\nhost2\nhost3" | multido "ssh %s date"
host1: Mon Sep 17 22:08:40 UTC 2012
host2: Mon Sep 17 22:08:40 UTC 2012
host3: Mon Sep 17 22:08:40 UTC 2012

If you have a preferred grouping you would like the commands to be executed in there is a syntax to support grouping:

 multido "echo %s; sleep 1" [ 'b1a' 'b1b' ] [ 'b2' ] [ 'b3a' 'b3b' 'b3c' ]
b1a: b1a
b1b: b1b
b2: b2
b3a: b3a
b3b: b3b
b3c: b3c

Or if you just want to limit to batches of N at a time there is syntax available to achieve that:

 N=2; multido -P$N "echo %s; sleep 1" a b c
a: a
b: b
c: c

last updated on:
September 18th, 2012, 9:57 GMT
developed by:
Chris Brinker
license type:
Other/Proprietary License
ROOT \ System \ System Administration


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