Sunday, September 29, 2013

CSSH on MacOS X 10.8+

I assume that you've already known what CSSH (or ClusterSSH in formal) is. In short, it is a way for control many Unix/Linux boxes in parallel in the same way.

I always use CSSH on my Fedora box at work, but this is the first time I have to use it at my home to control my cluster. And my laptop's operating system is Mac OS X 10.8. That is the problem.

Installation of CSSH on Mac OS X seems to be simple. If you want to do it in a lazy way like me, use port.

sudo port install cssh

Then, you try to connect to some host, for example.

cssh root@somehost

It should works well??? Oh no, some strange error message occur like the one as follows.

Can't connect to display `tmp/launch-P6rxkT/org.macosforge.xquartz:0': Invalid argument at /opt/local/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.12.4/X11/ line 2270

If you open file and go to line number 2270, you will see that it try to use INETSocket (wrong) instead of UNIXSocket (right). That is because $host is not equal to "unix". Now you have to change something here to let it use UNIXSocket by checking whether $host contains "xquartz" or not. You change the line number 2262 (the IF command before the error line) from

if ($host eq 'unix') {


if ($host eq 'unix' || index($host, "xquartz") != -1) {

(Ahh, that's the error of Perl 5.12.4 distribution of  Mac Ports.)

That's all. Let's try again and see everything goes well.