Section: remctl (1)
remctl - Remote execution tool
] [-b source-ip
] [-p port
] [-s service
is a program that allows a user to execute commands remotely on
a server that is running the remctld daemon. remctl
does not interpret
the commands given to it. It passes them to the server and displays the
return message. The commands must be defined on the server-side before a
client can execute them, and the user running remctl
authorized to execute the particular command on the server.
Access to remote commands is authenticated via Kerberos GSS-API, so a user
must have a ticket granting ticket to use remctl. All transmissions to
and from the remctld server are encrypted using GSS-API's security layer.
host is the hostname of the target server. command and
subcommand together specify the command to run and correspond to the
command names in the configuration file on the server. parameters are
any additional command-line parameters to pass to the remote command.
The start of each option description is annotated with the version of
in which that option was added with its current meaning.
- -b source-ip
[3.0] When connecting to the remote remctl server, use source-ip as the
source IP address. This can be useful on multihomed systems where the
remctl connections need to be made over a particular network.
source-ip must be an IP address, not a hostname, and can be either an
IPv4 or IPv6 address (assuming IPv6 is supported).
[1.10] Turn on extra debugging output of the client-server interaction.
[1.10] Show a brief usage message and then exit.
- -p port
[1.0] Connect to the server on port. If this option isn't given, the
client first tries the registered remctl port (4373) and then falls back
on the legacy port (4444) if that fails.
- -s service
[1.0] Authenticate to the server with a service ticket for service
rather than the default server identity of host/hostname. This may be
necessary with, for instance, a server where remctld is not running as
[1.10] Print the version of remctl and exit.
will exit with the exit status returned by the remote command.
If some network or authentication error occurred and remctl
to run the remote command or retrieve its exit status, or if remctl
called with invalid arguments, remctl
will exit with status 1.
Release an AFS
volume called ls.tripwire:
remctl lsdb afs release ls.tripwire
The default port was changed to the IANA-registered port of 4373 in
Support for IPv6 was added in version 2.4.
If no principal is specified with -s
server host name using DNS
before connecting. This ensures that the
network connection and the GSS-API authentication use the same server name
even if some common DNS-based load-balancing schemes are in use. To
disable this canonicalization, specify the server principal using -s
The default behavior, when the port is not specified, of trying 4373 and
falling back to 4444 will be removed in a future version of remctl in
favor of using the "remctl" service in /etc/services if set and then
falling back on only 4373. 4444 was the poorly-chosen original remctl
port and should be phased out.
When using Heimdal with triple-DES keys and talking to old servers that
only speak version one of the remctl protocol, remctl may have problems
with MIC verification. This doesn't affect new clients and servers since
the version two protocol doesn't use MICs. If you are using Heimdal and
run into MIC verification problems, see the COMPATIBILITY section of
The remctl port number, 4373, was derived by tracing the diagonals of a
keyboard up from the letters "remc"
to the number row.
was originally written by Anton Ushakov. Updates and current
maintenance are done by Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org
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