on - execute a command on a remote system, but with the
on [-i] [-d] [-n] host command [argument] ...
The on program is used to execute commands on another sys-
tem, in an environment similar to that invoking the program.
All environment variables are passed, and the current work-
ing directory is preserved. To preserve the working direc-
tory, the working file system must be either already mounted
on the host or be exported to it. Relative path names will
only work if they are within the current file system; abso-
lute path names may cause problems.
The standard input is connected to the standard input of the
remote command, and the standard output and the standard
error from the remote command are sent to the corresponding
files for the on command.
-i Interactive mode. Use remote echoing and special char-
acter processing. This option is needed for programs
that expect to be talking to a terminal. All terminal
modes and window size changes are propagated.
-d Debug mode. Print out some messages as work is being
-n No Input. This option causes the remote program to get
EOF when it reads from the standard input, instead of
passing the standard input from the standard input of
the on program. For example, -n is necessary when run-
ning commands in the background with job control.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri-
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
| Availability | SUNWnfscu |
chkey(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), telnet(1), attributes(5)
Host name not found.
cannot connect to server
Host down or not running the server.
Problem finding the working directory.
can't locate mount point
Problem finding current file system.
RPC: Authentication error
The server requires DES authentication and you do not
have a secret key registered with keyserv. Perhaps you
logged in without a password. Try to keylogin. If
that fails try to set your publickey with chkey.
Other diagnostic messages may be passed back from the
When the working directory is remote mounted over NFS, a
CTRL-Z hangs the window.
Root cannot use on.
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