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I want to have a wildcard in my SSH config to set my default username to a particular value for all hosts on a certain domain. But I also want to have some short names for some particular hosts. I expected something like this to work:

Host *
    User myusername
Host host1

With those settings, if I type ssh it evaluates to, but if I type ssh host1 it doesn't apply my User setting and I instead see

Is there a way to have the wildcards match on the final expanded hostname so I can type the short or long form and get the same results?

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What if you switch the order, putting the wildcard section second. – esmit Feb 27 '14 at 22:45
Have you tried it? I'm pretty sure that just gets you the right username with the domain wrong, if anything. – Mu Mind Feb 28 '14 at 3:06
I haven't tried it, that's why I made it a comment answer as something to try, instead of a downvotable answer. – esmit Mar 1 '14 at 6:28

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Simply use:

Host * host1
User myusername

Host host1
  • Alternative patterns are supplied by a delimiting blank in a Host line.
  • All matching Host Patterns are applied.
  • If an option occurs multiple times, only the 1st occurance is used
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That saves a little typing at least. Sounds like you're not aware of any way to avoid duplicating the domain information? – Mu Mind Sep 3 '12 at 15:39

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