Setting up SSH host shortnames
Here’s an example setup to create SSH host shortnames. On you local computer, add the following to
Host server1 HostName server1.internet.com User david Host server2 HostName server2.internet.com User david Host * User davidwinter
Now with this file saved, you can ssh into
server2.internet.com with just the following command:
This will save you having to type out:
ssh [email protected]
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.