Basically, this is a way of using the text editor, Atom.io remotely to edit files.
Say you are working from your regular computer, and remotely
ssh into another machine, and you need to edit a text file, and you just know deep down that if you were able to use a full text editor, rather than VIM or NANO in the terminal, it’d be SO MUCH EASIER!
Thats where ratom comes in.
First, when you SSH, instead of the normal commands, you forward a port from the remote machine to your local machine. In the case of ratom, its
52698. Then, you would run the prior installed
ratom command on the remote machine, on the text file you want to edit.
ratom /etc/init.d/couchpotato At which point it then opens that file remotely from the server to your local machine inside of Atom, as if it was local!
First, in order to pipe the text file over that port into your local atom, you have to install a program to handle it on the remote machine.
sudo curl -o /usr/local/bin/ratom https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aurora/rmate/master/rmate sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ratom
SSHing with Forwarded Ports¶
Then, exit that ssh session, and then reconnect with the port forwarded:
ssh -R 52698:localhost:52698 firstname.lastname@example.org
What this line is saying is:
-R- Forward the following port FROM the remote machine to my local machine
- the opposite would be an
52698:localhost:52698- map the remote 52698 port to my local 52698 port, from the remotes
localhost, and not another address.
- and then your username and server address.