How to use Butler, screen, SSH and some shell Skripts to open SSH Connections to some servers.
First, create a directory which will contain the script(s) to connect to the servers – I use
~/bin/Terminals. In that, place a file containing the following code:
#!/bin/bash exec ssh -t `basename $BASH_SOURCE` screen -DR ; exit
The filename should be the servername to connect to, you can use
~/.ssh/config to define short aliases for your servers:
Host myshortalias HostName long.hostname.tld User ausername
This allows you to do
ssh myshortalias to connect to the server in question. So, to connect to this server, name the file in
myshortalias file executable:
chmod 755 myshortalias
Try to open a connection via the
./myshortalias — if this fails, you problably don’t have
screen installed on the server – I really recommend to install it.
OK, if that works, disconnect from the server, and open the Butler Configuration.
Expand the “Hidden” elements, if they are not visible. Select “Add File” from the plus button. Navigate to the
~/bin/ folder and select the “Terminals” folder to add it to the Butler Configuration.
Select the “Terminals” container, open the “Triggers” tab, assign a Hot Key, change mode to “Opens a menu near the mouse”.
Select the “Terminals” folder, select the “Menu Filter” tab, change ‘Menus showâ¦’ to “this folder’s content with X levels of recursion”, activate “Translate subfolders into menus”.
Select the “Options” tab and change the ‘Open withâ¦’ setting to “Terminal” (or iTerm or …).
Pressing your hot key should now show a menu with the
myshortalias script. You can add subfolders to the
~/bin/Terminals folder to group your servers. To add a server, just copy (or even better: hard-link) the
myshortalias file to a new name which corresponds to a
Host config in