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I'm always SSHing to servers, sometimes it's over TOR, sometimes it's a server that's far away and the latency is really high. Is there a way to buffer my key strokes locally before they are sent to the machine on the other end?

I'm often using the default Ubuntu terminal and the OSX terminal.

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I don't understand why buffering your input would help with latency at all? I'd think you'd want each keystroke to be transmitted immediately?? –  Doc Jul 6 '11 at 20:38
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@The Phoenix: Local line editing ("buffering") would make it easier to type command lines. High latency causes a big delay between pressing the key and having the letters appear, which is terribly inconvenient: I would sometimes enter a long command, wait up to two seconds for everything to be displayed, notice a ton of typos, kill and retype the whole line... With local editing, the keypresses would be visible instantly. –  grawity Jul 6 '11 at 21:19
    
Sending fewer packets means using less bandwidth. Over a sufficiently slow link, using less bandwidth means improved latency. –  Flimzy Jul 6 '11 at 21:19
    
@grawity - I see, well I suppose I get ya. I think in order for this to work, your ssh client MUST implement some kind of support for this. I'd look to the ssh man page on OSX - but maybe you've done that and maybe they didn't bother to document everything. –  Doc Jul 6 '11 at 21:23
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I'm tempted to recommend typing in a text editor and then pasting into the terminal, but I would like a legitimate answer to your question myself. –  William Jackson Jul 6 '11 at 21:24
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If you're looking for a better remote terminal experience over high latency and/or low throughput, I highly recommend you have a look at mosh.

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Old Telnet supported local line editing. I once ran telnet over SSH to try this feature but soon realized it being even worse - no cursor keys or ctrl-keys in editors or command-line.

CopyPaste is your friend or mounting directories.

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This may work, but your interactive experience will be broken in several ways (e.g., no TAB-completion, no ability to interrupt with ^C on the remote host, etc.):

ssh -T remotehost /bin/bash --login -i

The -T option forces SSH not to allocate a pseudo-terminal, and it may cause the local ssh client to read a line at a time before transmitting.

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The command flag -T does work, although a found better user experience is to be found with PUTTY. It has option for "local line editing" and "local echo"

The command string then only gets sent with 'Enter' key.

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-T does not do "local line editing" or similar with OpenSSH (whihch comes with Ubuntu). -T is used to supress pseudo tty Allocation. –  davidgo Mar 3 '13 at 19:21
    
@davidgo He's not equating them. –  Zenexer Aug 6 '13 at 11:47
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