cygwin ssh shortcut on windows desktop

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I have multiple servers that I need to remote into.
I prefer Cygwin over Putty to do so.

Anyhows – the process of opening my cool Mintty window and then typing the following commands takes too long.
PS – I am using a “key” authentication to these servers.

First, I double Click Cygwin Terminal shortcut from my windows desktop.

Then once the terminal session has booted up, from the command prompt I type the following –

$ eval `ssh-agent`
$ ssh-add
$ ssh <username>@<servername>

Please keep in mind that my ‘servername’ is variable. In fact I have about 10 different server names that could potentially be inserted there – Hence my need for 10 different shortcuts. I would prefer to double click on something from my desktop that will fire up my Mintty and automatically execute the above bash shell commands.

Does anyone have or can recommend a nice/elegant solution to do this?


You need to create a shell script and then have a mintty shortcut that calls it. First, the script:


eval `ssh-agent`
read -p "Username: "
read -p "Host: "
ssh $username@$host
eval `ssh-agent -k`

Save this as something like: ~/bin/

Make sure the script is executable: chmod a+rx ~/bin/

Then create a new shortcut to C:cygwinbinmintty.exe, then right-click on it and select “properties” and change the target to:

C:cygwinbinmintty.exe -e /bin/sh -l -c '$HOME/bin/'

There are actually a couple of ways for you to do this. If you really need to run the commands you have listed before performing the ssh, then place these commands into a file called myssh in your cygwin home directory.

eval `ssh-agent`
ssh <username>@$1

Obviously put the username that you want to use where you have <username>.

You can then run this by using the following command:

c:cygwinbinbash --login myssh <servername>

You can of course put that into a BAT file.

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