Chris came on a little strong I think with the title “Google alternative to DSH”. Clusterssh being in no way associated (that I am aware of) with Google. It’s simply was the first distributed ssh Andrew and I came across, and it does everything I want, so it will be staying in the toolkit.
For reasons which might be fairly obvious, I’ve been doing a lot of repetitive sshing to machines recently (think executing the same upgrade on four mail servers for instance). I pondered aloud in the cube the possibility of an application which would give me a dialog to type in, and then wack that text into a bunch of xterms all at the same time for me. Andrew did some Debian foo and suddenly cluster ssh is presented as an option. It’s pretty cool, and basically does exactly what I wanted.
It’s not perfect though — some people have complained that it uses gnome-terminal, and about the fonts of all things. I’ve noticed some odd behaviour if you try to cut and paste into the gnome-terminal as well (instead of the text entry dialog). Interesting, I think it might be time for me and the cluster ssh code to become acquainted sometime.