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Coming from Windows, I used Putty a lot since it could store a list of hosts I often connect to, provide me with an easy to use double click and then spawn a terminal. Is there a preferred solution for OSX?

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You might ask on apple.stackexchange.com. –  zneak Dec 21 '10 at 23:37

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If you have the keys set up already, you can create a config file in the ~/.ssh directory with contents similar to this:

Host myname1
  Hostname host1.example.com
  User host1_user

Host myname2
  Hostname host2.example.com
  User host2_user

Then from the command line you can just use:

ssh myname1
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SSH Keys

SSH allows you to use a public / private key pair for a connection, negating the need for a password. Use your hosts file to remember ip addresses and opening a new connection is as easy as ssh user@host.

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yea that's an option I've considered. I have my keys set up. I just didn't want to have to type/remember the host. –  SB01 Dec 21 '10 at 22:41
@SB01: It's good practice. ;) –  Josh K Dec 21 '10 at 22:45
hmm.. any way to at least get autocompletion? –  SB01 Dec 21 '10 at 23:31
@SB01: Memorization is all the autocomplete you'll need. –  Josh K Dec 22 '10 at 0:54

Use the ssh keys that @Josh K mentions. If you have trouble with the rest, just set-up aliases in your .bashrc file. Eg:

alias prod='ssh user@production.host.com'
alias qa='ssh user@testbox.host.com'

Then from the command line, type qa and you'll be magically logged into the testbox.

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