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I would like to run

something > file

on a remote system through ssh, but if I run

ssh host something > file

the redirection is executed locally as ssh etc > file

I've tried it with ' or '' or dd or with a pipe | instead, but I can't get it to work. How can this be done?

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ssh host 'sh -c something > file'
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thanx -- it works! –  franziskus Sep 5 '10 at 15:17
Since ssh passes that part of its command line to the shell anyway, you don't need the sh -c part. –  Jander Jan 22 '11 at 5:04
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Even simpler, instead of:

ssh host something > file


ssh host "something > file"
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The suggested solution works with pipes as well

ssh host 'some_command | some_other_command'
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