myssh – an interactive ssh management tool

Inspired by the putty manager on Windows system, I have spent the whole afternoon to write ‘myssh’ – an interactive ssh management tool providing the ability to save, display, choose and connect your ssh connection automatically. I am not sure if there is any kind of GUI related stuff on Linux just like putty manager. However, if you are a CLI fan with some ssh connections, please try ‘myssh’. Hope it will save you some time and make you fun:)


[root@daveti blog]# ./myssh
Welcome to myssh – an interactive ssh management tool
0    user0@server0
1    user0@server1
2    user1@server1
q    quit
Please input the number of your choice: q
[root@daveti blog]#


# myssh
# An interactive ssh management tool
# 23 Feb, 2013

# Configure the ssh information here ~ change

# login list – add your login here
loginList=(“user0” “user1”)

# hostname/IPaddr list – add your remote machine here
remoteList=(“server0” “server1”)

# password list – add your password here
passwdList=(“passwd0” “passwd1” “passwd2”)

# ssh list – add the relation rules to construct the ssh entry
# format: “login-remote-passwd”
# example: “0-1-0” stands for a ssh entry as below
# user0@server1 with password passwd0
sshList=(“0-0-2” “0-1-0” “1-1-1”)

# Internal used functions ~ no need to change

# Display the usage and then exit
echo “Usage: myssh”
exit 1

# Get the “login@remote” from ssh entry
local sshEntry=”$1″
local loginIndex=`echo $sshEntry | cut -d “-” -f1 | tr -d ” “`
local remoteIndex=`echo $sshEntry | cut -d “-” -f2 | tr -d ” “`
echo “${loginList[loginIndex]}@${remoteList[remoteIndex]}”

# Get the “passwd” from ssh entry
local sshEntry=”$1″
local passwdIndex=`echo $sshEntry | cut -d “-” -f3 | tr -d ” “`
echo “${passwdList[passwdIndex]}”

# Display all ssh entries within sshList
echo “Welcome to myssh – an interactive ssh management tool”
echo “=====================================================”
# Go thru the sshList to construct the ssh entry menu
for((i=0; i<${#sshList[@]}; i++))
local loginRemote=`getLoginRemoteFromSshEntry ${sshList[i]}`
echo ”  $i    $loginRemote”
echo ”  q    quit”
echo “=====================================================”

# Main function of myssh ~ no need to change

# Check ssh and sshpass at first
SSHCMD=`which ssh`
SSHPASSCMD=`which sshpass`
if [ “$SSHCMD” = “” ] || [ “$SSHPASSCMD” = “” ]
echo “Please install both ssh and sshpass before using myssh”
exit 1

# Display the ssh list

# Ask for the input
read -p “Please input the number of your choice: ” index

# Process the input
if [ “$index” = “q” ]
exit 1
elif [[ $index =~ ^-?[0-9]+$ ]] && [[ $index -ge 0 ]] && [[ $index -le ${#sshList[@]} ]]
# Re-parse this ssh entry within sshList
loginRemote=`getLoginRemoteFromSshEntry ${sshList[$index]}`
passwd=`getPasswdFromSshEntry ${sshList[$index]}`
# Debug
# echo “$loginRemote $passwd”

# Just do it!
$SSHPASSCMD -p “$passwd” $SSHCMD “$loginRemote”

echo “Invalid input: $index”

About daveti

Interested in kernel hacking, compilers, machine learning and guitars.
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3 Responses to myssh – an interactive ssh management tool

  1. daveti says:

    expect may be the other way used to pass the password to ssh, just like sshpass we have used on myssh…

  2. daveti says:

    # Enable ssh on boot up
    systemctl enable sshd.service

  3. daveti says:

    For kernel 2.6.X, like CentOS 6, where systemctl is not available:
    start/stop/restart/status sshd:
    service sshd status/start/stop/restart
    enable sshd at the boot:
    chkconfig sshd on

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