I’ve been sort of passively looking out for something like this for a while. Here’s the problem: there are a lot of remote servers I may want to SSH into at any given time, and I am not going to remember all of their usernames or IP addresses. Not gonna happen.
I’ve been dealing with this by creating custom aliases. So I put something like
this in my
alias 'eug'='ssh firstname.lastname@example.org'
Then, whenever I want to connect to Eugene’s server so we can pair program, I
eug and hit enter, and I’m there. Not bad! It even tab-completes.
Not great either. It’s hard to keep track of them. I can type
alias at any
time to list all of the defined aliases, and that’s pretty sweet, but it
includes several things, not just ssh aliases. I’ve kind of wanted a tool that
was more tailored to this job.
Sooo, enter storm. I found it via one thing well, a sweet blog for nerdy stuff like this.
Storm lets you define aliases to remote servers like this:
storm add eug email@example.com
Once you do that, you just type
ssh eug to connect. It has some other helpful
storm list to tell you all of your aliases even
to spin up a nice local web server to provide a web interface for managing your
Hey, wait a second. Somehow it’s hooking into the normal main
After some poking around, I found that it’s saving the information in
~/.ssh/config as a plain text configuration file that looks like this:
Host eug hostname some.ip.address user pair port 22
And that I could’ve been using a similarly-structured file all along, and didn’t really need storm at all!
Well, I’m going to use it anyway because it has a sweet interface and I’m kind of just grateful to have learned something from it? I’m guilt-tripping myself into using it.