How can I update a file on 50 systems at once?

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# 8  
Old 12-21-2001
tried but failed again

Here is the slightly modified version of the script I am using and what it gives me.
#! /usr/bin/ksh


LIST="kccdeda13 kdacct01 kdniat01"


print -n "unixforme1"
stty -echo
stty echo

exec 4>&1
ftp -nv >&4 2>&4 |&

for SYSTEM in $LIST ; do
       print -p open $SYSTEM
       print -p user $USER "$PASSWORD"
       print -p cd $pmqutil
       print -p ls -l 
       print -p close

print -p bye
exit 0

$ ftptest
Connected to
220 kccdeda13 FTP server (Version 4.1 Tue May 15 16:38:46 CDT 2001) ready.
331 Password required for darthur.

It still prompts me. I am running the script from an AIX 4.3.3 system attempting to ftp to a Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX systems and they all do the same thing.

added code tags for readability --oombera

Last edited by oombera; 02-20-2004 at 03:35 AM..
# 9  
Old 12-21-2001
If this is a file that needs to be updated on a regular basis, you might want to check out the rdist command. It's designed to do exactly what you're trying to do and is a standard UNIX command.

man rdist
# 10  
Old 12-22-2001
Re: tried but failed again

Originally posted by darthur
Here is the slightly modified version of the script I am using and what it gives me.

print -n "unixforme1"
stty -echo
stty echo

Darthur, I think you got this mixed up. If your password is "unixforme1" then we need to get that string into the variable called PASSWORD. One way to do that would be:

But another way would be to have the script ask for the password. That is the idea with:
print -n "Enter password -"
stty -echo
stty echo
When the script runs, it will type out "Enter password -". Then the user will type in "unixforme1". The "stty -echo" makes sure that the password isn't visible while it is typed in.

It looks like you changed the prompt to your password. And then who knows what you typed in when the script tried to read PASSWORD.
# 11  
Old 12-23-2001
Just a thought... have you considered using "rdist"?

This program is specifically designed to maintain identical copies
of files over multiple hosts. It preserves the owner, group, mode,
and mtime of files if possible and can update programs that are

Check out...

Also check out the security vulnerabilities...

Used properly and with care, it works great and can save you
lots of time and effort. Smilie
# 12  
Old 12-28-2001
I will take a look at rdist

Is rdist it similar to rcp and what are the advantages?
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