I want to pipe the output of docker logs -f ( for all containers ) into another command and keep it running on the remote server. I already found Run a nohup command over SSH, then disconnect but I had no success adopting the solution to this use case.

What have I tried so far:

ssh server << EOF
for cont in `docker ps -q`; do
        docker logs -f $cont 2>&1 | bunyan | /var/opt/go-logsink/go-logsink connect 2>&1 &

nohup version: nohup "docker logs -f $cont 2>&1 | bunyan | /var/opt/go-logsink/go-logsink connect"

Running that loop within a screen session works, but I want to automate the call after a deployment and that does not work. Also I tried calling nohup "<command>" within the loop and I see it creating the process, upon disconnection of ssh the processes get killed.


How to run that loop so it creates processes that stay alive after ssh session close.

  • How did you use nohup here?
    – muru
    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:39
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    And how did you use screen?
    – Melebius
    Feb 7, 2017 at 6:40
  • @Melebius I logged into the server interactivly. I mentioned my current workaround.
    – Sascha
    Feb 7, 2017 at 8:09
  • @muru updated question
    – Sascha
    Feb 7, 2017 at 8:13

1 Answer 1


Screen or tmux may be what you're looking for, preserving sessions alive independently from SSH.

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