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ssh autocomplete based on ~/.ssh/config

Terminal - ssh autocomplete based on ~/.ssh/config
complete -o default -o nospace -W "$(grep -i -e '^host ' ~/.ssh/config | awk '{print substr($0, index($0,$2))}' ORS=' ')" ssh scp sftp
2013-11-19 14:44:41
User: Wamith
Functions: scp ssh
1
ssh autocomplete based on ~/.ssh/config

I sue this in my .bashrc file

This will also do auto-completion for scp and sftp

Alternatives

There are 15 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
complete -W "$(echo $(grep '^ssh ' .bash_history | sort -u | sed 's/^ssh //'))" ssh
2009-07-25 23:07:25
User: 0x89
11

Stop tormenting the poor animal cat. See http://sial.org/howto/shell/useless-cat/.

Edit:

replaced

sort | uniq

by

sort -u
perl -ne 'print "$1 " if /^Host (.+)$/' ~/.ssh/config
2011-08-21 14:51:20
User: bashrc
Functions: perl
5

I use this in my bashrc to expand hosts defined in ~/.ssh/config:

function _ssh_completion() {

perl -ne 'print "$1 " if /^Host (.+)$/' ~/.ssh/config

}

complete -W "$(_ssh_completion)" ssh

Here's a great article on how to setup your own ~/.ssh/config:

http://blogs.perl.org/users/smylers/2011/08/ssh-productivity-tips.html

complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sed -e s/,.*//g | uniq | grep -v "\["`;)" ssh
2009-07-23 15:59:55
User: viner
3

Add to your bash profile to minimize carpal tunnel syndrome.

Doesn't work with [email protected] but appending "-l user" works fine if needed.

Works for ping as well..

complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sed -e s/,.*//g | uniq | grep -v "\["`;)" ping

complete -W "$(echo $(grep ^Host ~/.ssh/config | sed -e 's/Host //' | grep -v "\*"))" ssh
2014-09-20 19:16:24
User: nathancahill
1

Autocomplete from .ssh/config

complete -W "$(sed 's/;.*//;' /etc/hosts | awk ' /^[[:digit:]]/ {$1 = "";print tolower($0)}')" ssh
2011-06-20 03:54:45
User: daodennis
0

If you have a lot of hosts in /etc/hosts this would be very useful. Anyone have any more concise examples?

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What others think

your use of grep, and substr(), seems unnecessary here ... awk can also match the string and provide the field:

awk -v ORS=' ' '/^Host/{print $NF}' ~/.ssh/config

Comment by khayyam 154 weeks and 1 day ago

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