An SSH tool to make your life easier

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A MySQL user group member saw that I use Poderosa as my ssh-on-Windows tool, and asked why I did not use PuTTY. My response was that I like having tabbed windows and hate having to keep opening another PuTTY program every time I want to open another connection. With Poderosa I can open a new connection with Alt-N, and I can even connect directly to Cygwin with an icon.

But Poderosa is not the tool I wanted to mention….Another user group member mentioned PuTTY Connection Manager. It wraps around PuTTY and gets the existing saved connections, makes a nicely tabbed browsing window where you can open sessions by double-clicking the connections, which are now listed on the right-hand side.

See screenshot below:

I have not played with other features such as sending a command to multiple windows, but even just having this is a HUGE win.

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Chen Shapira
May 13, 2010 3:19 pm

I tried using PuttyCM, but ran into two issues:
1) It seems to be saving the password in some cases, making it unsecure.
2) It would go into windows foreground and backgrounds in ways I found unexpected and confusing. It was just too frustrating to use.

I’ll give Ponderosa and Mobaxterm a try.

BTW. My favorite Ubuntu tool is SSHMenu.

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Regarding the SSHMenu panel applet for Ubuntu, I didn’t see a way to specify the user name and/or key file to use when connecting to the host.

Considering this to be basic functionality, I went looking for documentation for the software and came across the following:

http://sshmenu.sourceforge.net/setup/

It seems all additional options are to be entered into the ‘Hostname’ field. This doesn’t appear to be a very intuitive (or user friendly) way of implementing the functionality, but it works.

I’ve been using .ssh/config but I’ll give SSHMenu a try.

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You might want to consider using GNU screen as a terminal multiplexer. I install cygwin locally on my windows machine, ssh from putty into cygwin, run screen locally and use it to manage all my terminal sessions.

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richardjohnjensen
May 13, 2010 9:06 pm

I found the command center a few years ago and was already a PuTTY user. The tabbing and scripting capabilities make it my everyday tool.

The foreground and background focus is annoying, but my workflow benefits enough to make it a small annoyance.

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Sasa Bogdanovic
May 14, 2010 3:05 am

The tool really seems great, but big drawback is that at the moment, it seems it cannot work with pageant. I have also searched forum on puttycm website, and it is mentioned that pageant was supported with some of the previous versions, but seems to be broken in the recent ones.

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Will definitely try putty Connection Mgr, but did learn of GNU screen from this post: http://www.xaprb.com/blog/?s=nohup+screen

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James Clough
June 8, 2010 4:19 pm

Do any of these ssh clients have a function to search the scrollback?

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