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Old 08-30-2005
RSH command


I am trying to determine 2 things on a remote host.
1. Is file a directory or file
2. Does the file or directory exist
Not too familiar with "find" command although I believe that may be a possible way. I have tried:
remsh "$HOST" test -e /home/test.script && echo "yes"

This returns "yes" whether the test is true or not.

Thanks for the help
# 2  
Old 08-30-2005
From the man page of remsh:
If remsh fails to set up the secondary socket connection, it returns
2. If it fails in some other way, it returns 1. If it fully succeeds
in setting up a connection with remshd, it returns 0 once the remote
command has completed. Note that the return value of remsh bears no
relation to the return value of the remote command.
So if you are trying to find the exit status of the remote command, well, you cant. Also your remsh is setting up a connection with remshd successfully, so it returns success and your "&& echo" command goes through.
# 3  
Old 08-30-2005
Thanks Blowtorch. Do you have any suggestions of how I could accomplish this another way?

# 4  
Old 08-31-2005
What exactly are you trying to do? Do you want to check the exit status of the remote command? I think that you could do it this way:
remsh "$HOST" test -e /home/test.script \&\& echo "yes"

The yes will be printed only if the test result is successful, but it will be printed on the local host, so you can store this in a variable and check the variable for the result. Like this:
result=$(remsh "$HOST" test -e /home/test.script \&\& echo "yes")
if [ "$result" = "yes" ]; then
--remote command succeeded. do something--
--remote command failed. do something else--

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