server_remote gem

I just re-released my server_remote plugin as a gem server_remote on github. I converted it to a gem to make it easier to use in multiple apps, and to make it easier to update (see here for the blog entry on the (now obselete) plugin).

It is a gem that provides support for running commands on remote server. Once set up, it provides commands via script/remote:

  • remote shell – same as ssh’ing to the server (this is the default command, so it can be called with just remote)
  • remote console – executes a script/console on the server
  • remote logtail – executes tail -f log/<environment>.log on the server
  • remote cmd <some command> executes command on the server, displaying the result. It cd‘s to the remote app root first.
  • remote scp <local_file> :<remote_file> provides scp. Prefix remote files with ‘:’
Configuration is in config/server_remote.yml, and is grouped into profiles.

Here is the output of remote usage:

Executes commands on a remote server over ssh. Configuration is in:
You can override the profile used with -p profile. The default profile is: app
Learn more in the readme:
remote commands are:
cmd               executes an arbitrary command on the server after a cd to the app path
commands          List all 'remote' commands
console           executes remote console
help              Provide help documentation for a command
logtail           executes remote tail -f on the log
scp               copies files over scp (prefix remote files with ':')
shell             executes remote shell
usage             prints usage message
For help on a particular command, use 'remote help COMMAND'.

It uses remi’s simplecli gem.

I plan to add other commands as needed, or you can open up Remote::Commands and add your own.


You will need to install the gem (only once), then setup any apps where you want to use it.

sudo gem install tobias-server_remote --source
server_remotify path_to_app