Run commands over SSH!

Sometimes I find myself needing to run a few command on a remote machine. In the past I would have SSH’d into the box and hacked away. But, since this isn’t repeatable it’s not ideal. I have a simple alternative. You can setup a script to run command over SSH!

In the example below, I wanted to keep the configuration files in the git repository, but wanted a quick and dirty way to deploy the changes.

The first half of the script copies files, using scp, from the local machine to the remote server.

The second half of the script (starting on line 12) runs commands from the remote machine. The files are moved to the correct locations and Nginx and Haproxy are restarted.


scp -i ~/.ssh/$PEM ./surrogate_pop.conf ubuntu@$HOST:/tmp
scp -i ~/.ssh/$PEM ./haproxy.cfg ubuntu@$HOST:/tmp
scp -i ~/.ssh/$PEM ./traffic_cop.lua ubuntu@$HOST:/tmp
scp -i ~/.ssh/$PEM ./allowed_domains.lua ubuntu@$HOST:/tmp

## These are executed on the remote host
ssh -i ~/.ssh/$PEM ubuntu@$HOST 'bash -s' <<EOF
sudo mv /tmp/traffic_cop.lua /usr/share/nginx/traffic_cop.lua
sudo mv /tmp/allowed_domains.lua /usr/share/nginx/allowed_domains.lua
sudo mv /tmp/surrogate_pop.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/surrogate_pop.conf
sudo service nginx restart

sudo mv /tmp/haproxy.cfg /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg
sudo service haproxy restart