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Old 07-28-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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Shortcut / Launcher for Auto SSH Console Window

Hello all

I run Gnome, and wish to create a shortcut/launcher on my desktop that (once double-clicked) will open a console window and auto run ssh (with proper parameters) so that it will attempt to login to a remote server.
Is this possible?

Please assist.
Old 07-28-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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Sure, here's a script I use for just such an occasion:

# Clear the screen

# Launch an XFCE4 Terminal with all the linux servers in tabs
# this is a work in progress...

# Define Servers
echo "Defining servers for $"

# Short or preferred names


# Launch the Terminal

echo "Launching the terminals now"

source ~/.bash_profile
Terminal --title $www1 --command "ssh -l username $www" \
--tab --title $other1 --command "ssh -l username $other"

echo "All set"
Could certainly use a little "cleaning" but it seems to work for my needs.

Forgot to mention keys. You could also setup keys to exchange to bypass a required password and just the SSH keyphrase instead. It feels a little more secure than just sending my password to each server.


Last edited by MasterC; 07-28-2008 at 03:11 PM. Reason: SSH Keys
Old 07-28-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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Thank you Chad.

My keys are all setup properly, thank you.

However, the script is not working. It has an empty "echo" line and it has a line starting with "Terminal". My machine reports that this command does not exist. Am i missing something?

Old 07-28-2008, 03:26 PM   #4
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Ahhh.. forget it. It needs the command "gnome-terminal" instead.

Sincere thanks.



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