autossh - Automatically restart SSH sessions and tunnels
Version 1.4d fixes file descriptor issues when started without standard
input available (for example, in system initialization scripts).
Previous update: version 1.4c disables the "gatetime" behaviour when -f is used, updates
the list of OpenSSH options it knows about, and adds some fixes to configure.
Previous update: version 1.4b fixed a bug in polling, added a max lifetime
option and a compile-time option to touch the pid file on each connection test.
- autossh is a program to start a copy of ssh and monitor it, restarting
it as necessary should it die or stop passing traffic. The idea is
from rstunnel (Reliable SSH Tunnel), but implemented in C.
- The author's view is that it is not as fiddly as rstunnel to get to
- Connection monitoring using a loop of port forwardings or a remote echo
- Backs off on rate of connection attempts when experiencing rapid
failures such as connection refused.
- Compiled and tested on OpenBSD, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Cygwin, and AIX;
should work on other BSDs.
- Use with "screen" for perpetual session (see included script "rscreen").
If you use OpenBSD or FreeBSD, autossh is available in the ports tree,
and as a package that can be FTP'd down. Cygwin and some Linux distros
also have it available as a package.
To build from source:
- download autossh-1.4d.tgz
- gunzip -c autossh-1.4d.tgz | tar xvf -
- cd autossh-1.4d
- copy binary to where you wish it, or "make install" will install
it under /usr/local by default.
- examine autossh.host for example wrapper script and options
- Read README for documentation.
- Or once installed, read the man page.