Archive for March, 2003
$putty_cool_factor *= 10;
Putty’s cool factor just went up an order of magnitude.
I ditched secureCRT for Putty some time ago. Two things initially promoted the move:
- The need to not only ssh but scp between unix & windows boxen.
- Putty was free.
However, once in Putty, many thing convienced me I made the right move:
- Putty’s support for color (both in xterm & in emacs).
- Less clutterly windows. (Putty much more closely resembles an xterm.)
- Paegant (i.e. ssh-agent)
- Starting sessions via putty @<session> (although since XP drops ‘@’ from shortcuts, the utility of this has somewhat declined).
Some of these may have improved in SecureCRT since I’ve left it world, so forgive me if my information is data. Once I left SecureCRT, I never looked back. ;-)
Today I just found out Putty has something even cooler:
- Allow agent forwarding
(If you don’t use ssh-agent, skip all of this. Just know that Putty rocks.)
Previously I would need the equivalent of two ssh-agents running. One to open the connection to my work-station & get a bash shell. The second would come from once on my work station, I would have to run have to run:
> ssh-agent /usr/local/bin/bash
to subsequently hope around to other machines.
Putty’s “Allow agent forwarding” gets your around that whole second mess & instead forwards the agent from your first connection to your subsequent connections on the remote machine.