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Terminal and logging in to server.



6:11 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Is there any way to store the server log-in info in Terminal so you don't have to enter

ssh root@IP-ADDRESS

every time you want to log-in? So that instead of having to enter the info and password every time, when you open it, you just automatically log-in.

travelin cat

2:51 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm not aware of anyway to do this, in fact I would think that Apple would not want you to be able to do that for security reasons.

I rarely use Terminal, but could you not just create a text file with the info and keep it handy to copy and paste? Or perhaps use one of the utilities like QuicKeys that allows you to assign hot keys?


11:48 pm on Jun 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If you're logging as root to your webserver - you're asking for trouble.
Create an regular user, login and then "su" if you really need to do some stuff!

To answer your question - I personally not aware of the mechanism on Mac to remember ssh login info. It's probably not there for security reasons.
Although you can use AppleScript app (and keep it in 128-bit password protected image) to log you automatically to your server. It will open your terminal, log you as regular user and then "su". All automatic! Imagine that!
If you need help with AppleScript - PM me.


3:49 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just decided to publish the AppleScript, so if you need it, just copy it from:
[CodeMacs.Com ]


2:33 pm on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Oh, there's an easy way to do this: Just create an alias.
alias login="ssh user@example.com"

After that, you can just type "login" to log in.

That won't survive sessions, though. To make it permanent, add that command to the file at /users/username/.tcshrc/. If that file doesn't exist, create it. To load it after you created it, type "source .tcshrc". It will load automatically in the future.


5:25 pm on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You can log in without a password by configuring a ssh public/private key pair, directions here:

[panix.com ]

Pairing that with @MichaelBluejay's tip makes it even easier.

Logging in directly as root is a big security vulnerability, but that is a configuration issue on the server.


6:36 pm on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What is the problem with logging in with root?


4:16 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What is the problem with logging in with root?

For starters, the bad guys just have to guess 1 password and they own your box.

Here is some good discussion on the issue:

[fixunix.com ]

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