I hate PUTTY. There I said it. It is difficult to use. It look like something a Windows user would use to connect to remote systems because the default terminal sucks. As a proud Linux user(though Ubuntu; pardon me, Linux puritans), I have always loved the terminal. Typing commands, and the reams of text output that comes gives me a satisfying feeling. If I can connect to from the terminal without much hassle, why would I use a stylised application that doesn’t have a normal copy and paste option?
So how do you setup the whole apparatus that will let you ssh into a remote system? Here goes: (I’m using an Amazon EC2 instance as an example)
- First of all find the
.sshfolder in your home folder. If you don’t have a config file in it, create one
- In the config file, add the following lines:
Host *host-nickname* HostName *your-remote-server-ip* User *your-username* Identityfile *your-pem-file*
That's it, done! Now you can simply type `ssh host-nickname` to access the remote shell. For other remote hosts, the Identityfile may be replaced with a password. This is a much better way than running `ssh -i your-pem-file your-username@your-remote-server-ip` because of the following reasons: * No need to type long commands. You could of course use aliases, but this is much more cleaner. Mainly because, the aliases don't need to be loaded when the shell loads. * `scp` is much more easier. Simpy run `scp host-nickname:/your/remote/file/location /your/local/file/location` to download files. * Editing remote file using emacs becomes possible.