Vagrant clustered SSH and ‘screen’

Some fun updates for vagrant hackers… I wanted to use the venerable clustered SSH (cssh) and screen with vagrant. I decided to expand on my vsftp script. First read:

Vagrant on Fedora with libvirt

and

Vagrant vsftp and other tricks

to get up to speed on the background information.

Vagrant screen:

First, a simple screen hack… I often use my vssh alias to quickly ssh into a machine, but I don’t want to have to waste time with sudo-ing to root and then running screen each time. Enter vscreen:

# vagrant screen
function vscreen {
	[ "$1" = '' ] || [ "$2" != '' ] && echo "Usage: vscreen <vm-name> - vagrant screen" 1>&2 && return 1
	wd=`pwd`		# save wd, then find the Vagrant project
	while [ "`pwd`" != '/' ] && [ ! -e "`pwd`/Vagrantfile" ] && [ ! -d "`pwd`/.vagrant/" ]; do
		#echo "pwd is `pwd`"
		cd ..
	done
	pwd=`pwd`
	cd $wd
	if [ ! -e "$pwd/Vagrantfile" ] || [ ! -d "$pwd/.vagrant/" ]; then
		echo 'Vagrant project not found!' 1>&2 && return 2
	fi

	d="$pwd/.ssh"
	f="$d/$1.config"
	h="$1"
	# hostname extraction from user@host pattern
	p=`expr index "$1" '@'`
	if [ $p -gt 0 ]; then
		let "l = ${#h} - $p"
		h=${h:$p:$l}
	fi

	# if mtime of $f is > than 5 minutes (5 * 60 seconds), re-generate...
	if [ `date -d "now - $(stat -c '%Y' "$f" 2> /dev/null) seconds" +%s` -gt 300 ]; then
		mkdir -p "$d"
		# we cache the lookup because this command is slow...
		vagrant ssh-config "$h" > "$f" || rm "$f"
	fi
	[ -e "$f" ] && ssh -t -F "$f" "$1" 'screen -xRR'
}

I usually run it this way:

$ vscreen root@machine

which logs in as root, to machine and gets me (back) into screen. This is almost identical to the vsftp script which I explained in an earlier blog post.

Vagrant cssh:

First you’ll need to install cssh. On my Fedora machine it’s as easy as:

# yum install -y clusterssh

I’ve been hacking a lot on Puppet-Gluster lately, and occasionally multi-machine hacking demands multi-machine key punching. Enter vcssh:


# vagrant cssh
function vcssh {
	[ "$1" = '' ] && echo "Usage: vcssh [options] [user@]<vm1>[ [user@]vm2[ [user@]vmN...]] - vagrant cssh" 1>&2 && return 1
	wd=`pwd`		# save wd, then find the Vagrant project
	while [ "`pwd`" != '/' ] && [ ! -e "`pwd`/Vagrantfile" ] && [ ! -d "`pwd`/.vagrant/" ]; do
		#echo "pwd is `pwd`"
		cd ..
	done
	pwd=`pwd`
	cd $wd
	if [ ! -e "$pwd/Vagrantfile" ] || [ ! -d "$pwd/.vagrant/" ]; then
		echo 'Vagrant project not found!' 1>&2 && return 2
	fi

	d="$pwd/.ssh"
	cssh="$d/cssh"
	cmd=''
	cat='cat '
	screen=''
	options=''

	multi='f'
	special=''
	for i in "$@"; do	# loop through the list of hosts and arguments!
		#echo $i

		if [ "$special" = 'debug' ]; then	# optional arg value...
			special=''
			if [ "$1" -ge 0 -o "$1" -le 4 ]; then
				cmd="$cmd $i"
				continue
			fi
		fi

		if [ "$multi" = 'y' ]; then	# get the value of the argument
			multi='n'
			cmd="$cmd '$i'"
			continue
		fi

		if [ "${i:0:1}" = '-' ]; then	# does argument start with: - ?

			# build a --screen option
			if [ "$i" = '--screen' ]; then
				screen=' -o RequestTTY=yes'
				cmd="$cmd --action 'screen -xRR'"
				continue
			fi

			if [ "$i" = '--debug' ]; then
				special='debug'
				cmd="$cmd $i"
				continue
			fi

			if [ "$i" = '--options' ]; then
				options=" $i"
				continue
			fi

			# NOTE: commented-out options are probably not useful...
			# match for key => value argument pairs
			if [ "$i" = '--action' -o "$i" = '-a' ] || \
			[ "$i" = '--autoclose' -o "$i" = '-A' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--cluster-file' -o "$i" = '-c' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--config-file' -o "$i" = '-C' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--evaluate' -o "$i" = '-e' ] || \
			[ "$i" = '--font' -o "$i" = '-f' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--master' -o "$i" = '-M' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--port' -o "$i" = '-p' ] || \
			#[ "$i" = '--tag-file' -o "$i" = '-c' ] || \
			[ "$i" = '--term-args' -o "$i" = '-t' ] || \
			[ "$i" = '--title' -o "$i" = '-T' ] || \
			[ "$i" = '--username' -o "$i" = '-l' ] ; then
				multi='y'	# loop around to get second part
				cmd="$cmd $i"
				continue
			else			# match single argument flags...
				cmd="$cmd $i"
				continue
			fi
		fi

		f="$d/$i.config"
		h="$i"
		# hostname extraction from user@host pattern
		p=`expr index "$i" '@'`
		if [ $p -gt 0 ]; then
			let "l = ${#h} - $p"
			h=${h:$p:$l}
		fi

		# if mtime of $f is > than 5 minutes (5 * 60 seconds), re-generate...
		if [ `date -d "now - $(stat -c '%Y' "$f" 2> /dev/null) seconds" +%s` -gt 300 ]; then
			mkdir -p "$d"
			# we cache the lookup because this command is slow...
			vagrant ssh-config "$h" > "$f" || rm "$f"
		fi

		if [ -e "$f" ]; then
			cmd="$cmd $i"
			cat="$cat $f"	# append config file to list
		fi
	done

	cat="$cat > $cssh"
	#echo $cat
	eval "$cat"			# generate combined config file

	#echo $cmd && return 1
	#[ -e "$cssh" ] && cssh --options "-F ${cssh}$options" $cmd
	# running: bash -c glues together --action 'foo --bar' type commands...
	[ -e "$cssh" ] && bash -c "cssh --options '-F ${cssh}${screen}$options' $cmd"
}

This can be called like this:

$ vcssh annex{1..4} -l root

or like this:

$ vcssh root@hostname foo user@bar james@machine --action 'pwd'

which, as you can see, passes cssh arguments through! Can you see any other special surprises in the code? Well, you can run vcssh like this too:

$ vcssh root@foo james@bar --screen

which will perform exactly as vscreen did above, but in cssh!

You’ll see that the vagrant ssh-config lookups are cached, so this will be speedy when it’s running hot, but expect a few seconds delay when you first run it. If you want a longer cache timeout, it’s easy to change yourself in the function.

I’ve uploaded the code here, so that you don’t have to copy+paste it from my blog!

Happy hacking,

James

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5 thoughts on “Vagrant clustered SSH and ‘screen’

    • You’re welcome, but I prefer screen over tmux!
      It’s also more commonly available on random machines.

      I’m sure you can modify the functions to plug in tmux if you prefer… but you’d have to hand in your cool pass!

      Cheers!

  1. Hi James,
    Thanks for the vcssh tool. I can login to 1 machine if I am in the pwd of the Vagrantfile.
    If I want to login to 2 machines, where should I start?
    This doesn’t work for me:

    vcssh vagrant@clus1 vagrant@clus2
    Vagrant project not found!

    Thanks

    • As long as your are in the project dir, or *below* it (deeper) then it should work. It cannot work above your Vagrantfile because it wouldn’t know which dir to descend into. Having said that, as long as you’re sure you understand this, things should *just work*. If there is a bug, perhaps you can look at the bash source and see what the issue is. Are you using bash?

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