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Setting up SSH host shortnames

Posted by Marius Voila on November 05, 2010 in London, U.K . — 0 comments This post contains 109 words

Here’s an example setup to create SSH host shortnames. On your local computer, add the following to ~/.ssh/config :

Host server1
User marius

Host server2
User marius

Host *
User marius

Now with this file saved, you can ssh into server2.hostname.tld with just the following command:

ssh server2

This will save you having to type out:

ssh marius@server2.hostname.tld

And if you have public key authentication setup, it makes the process even smoother. Adding the wildcard host record at the bottom allows you to specify a default username to use for other servers to the ones you’ve not specified above.