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     on - execute a command on a remote  system  with  the  local

     on [-i] [-d] [-n] host command [argument] ...

     The on program is used to execute commands on  another  sys-
     tem, in an environment similar to that invoking the program.
     All environment variables are passed and the current working
     directory  is  preserved. To preserve the working directory,
     the working file system must be either  already  mounted  on
     the host or be exported to it. Relative path names will only
     work if they are within the current  file  system.  Absolute
     path names may cause problems.

     The standard input is connected to the standard input of the
     remote  command.  The standard output and the standard error
     from the remote command are sent to the corresponding  files
     for the on command.

     The following options are supported:

     -d       Debug mode. Prints out some  messages  as  work  is
              being done.

     -i       Interactive mode. Uses remote echoing  and  special
              character  processing.  This  option  is needed for
              programs that expect to be talking to  a  terminal.
              All terminal modes and window size changes are pro-

     -n       No Input. This option causes the remote program  to
              get  EOF  when  it  reads  from the standard input,
              instead of passing  the  standard  input  from  the
              standard  input  of the on program. For example, -n
              is necessary when running  commands  in  the  back-
              ground with job control.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWnfscu                   |

     chkey(1), rlogin(1), rsh(1), telnet(1), attributes(5)

     unknown host

         Host name not found.

     cannot connect to server

         Host down or not running the server.

     can't find

         Problem finding the working directory.

     can't locate mount point

         Problem finding current file system.

     RPC: Authentication error

         The server requires DES authentication and you   do  not
         have  a  secret key registered with keyserv. Perhaps you
         logged in without a password. Try to keylogin.  If  that
         fails, try to set your publickey with chkey.

     on server: RPC: can't encode arguments

         The 10240 byte limit for arguments  to  be  encoded  and
         passed from the sending to the receiving system has been

     Other diagnostic  messages  may  be  passed  back  from  the

     When the working directory is remote  mounted  over  NFS,  a
     Control-Z hangs the window.

     Root cannot use on.

Man pages from Solaris 10 Update 8. See docs.sun.com and www.oracle.com for further documentation and Solaris information.