Salt SSH is very powerful in its default mode with salt-thin. However, there are some situations where it makes more sense to issue a raw SSH command. This can be accomplished using the
--raw flag (referred to in its short form as
-r from here on for brevity).
Using the raw mode will bypass all the overhead of creating and deploying the
thin package. Just log in to the target, issue a command, and log out. The following two commands are functionally identical:
# salt-ssh myminion cmd.run date myminion: Fri Apr 3 21:07:43 MDT 2015 # salt-ssh -r myminion date myminion: ---------- retcode: 0 stderr: stdout: Fri Apr 3 21:07:43 MDT 2015
However, the raw command will execute faster because it has less overhead. It will also contain more information, such as
STDOUT, and the
return code from the command that was issued as well.
This can be useful if you wrap Salt SSH with another program that depends on the output (especially...