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I want to create a config file and tell ssh to deal with it. I don't want to use ~/.ssh/config because these are config files per project and not per user. So I'm trying to roll with:

ssh -F project_servers.ssh

And terminal returns ssh usage. This is the contents of the file I want SSH to play with:

Host preview
User xxxx
Port 52

Anybody knows what I'm doing wrong here?


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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You still need to request the named Host section on the command line:

ssh -F project_servers.ssh preview
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i hope you'll never extinct! Thank you sir, that was the hack indeed! – fabjoa May 7 '11 at 8:00

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