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I'd like to be able to do something like

Host *
    HostName *

So I can type something like

ssh test
ssh ci
ssh dev

Instead of having to type


Right now I have separate entries for each one, but we have dozens of machines, so I'd rather have a default rather than have to duplicate everything so many times.

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Instead of doing this with ssh, use the /etc/resolv.conf file

Add a line saying


What this does is wherever you don't enter a full domain name, it will use this suffix to work out the full name, effectively appending to ci when you do ssh ci.

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Can you have multiple searches in a resolv.conf? I'm on an AD domain that is set as my search currently. – Joshua Olson Dec 15 '11 at 0:00
Yes you can, this is the purpose of search domains, and many sites run multiple concurrent domains that need to be checked to find the right host – Paul Dec 15 '11 at 0:05

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