Wednesday, November 19, 2014

autossh Mac OS X

autossh on Mac

If you installed autossh 1.4d on Mac OS X via homebrew, it may not work without a specific command line option:

    -M specifies monitor port. May be overridden by environment
       variable AUTOSSH_PORT. 0 turns monitoring loop off.
       Alternatively, a port for an echo service on the remote
       machine may be specified. (Normally port 7.)

This option should not be required, but without it autossh will simply exit after showing the help & usage text.

So instead of:
autossh -M 1234

But if you are already using the port, you may need to change the port to ssh to multiple boxes.
Instead of changing it every time, you can ask your shell to try a random port:

autossh -M $(($RANDOM%64000 + 1024)

If the random port selection fails, just try again.

Finally, you can add an alias for your shell:

 alias autossh='autossh -M $(($RANDOM%6400 + 1024))' 

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