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sshmenu - A standalone for connecting to hosts using SSH without GNOME dependencies… more info»
DESCRIPTION sshmenu-applet is a GNOME panel applet for connecting to hosts using SSH. It can also be run as a standalone application without GNOME dependencies. sshmenu-applet puts all your most frequently used SSH connections on a handy menu in your GNOME panel. Click on a host name to open a new gnome-terminal window with an ssh connection to the selected host. Set up SSH options (such as port forwarding etc) and select a gnome terminal profile (for colour schemes, font sizes etc) using the preferences dialog. The application is implemented as a set of Ruby classes so you should be able to hack it to work in contexts other than the GNOME panel (e.g.: a standalone menu button; swallowed into the panel of another window manager; or embedded into your own Ruby-GTK application). DEPENDENCIES sshmenu-applet is a Ruby script which uses the following ruby library packages (on Debian): libgtk2-ruby libpanel-applet2-ruby libgconf2-ruby You should also have an ssh-agent running and have either x11-ssh-askpass or gnome-ssh-askpass installed. INSTALLATION The simplest way to install the sshmenu-applet is to install the Debian packages. Of course if you're not running Debian then that might not be so simple. The files from the distribution should be installed as follows: lib/sshmenu.rb - a Ruby library that implements the standalone SSHMenu UI (without GNOME dependencies). It should be installed in a standard Ruby library directory, e.g.: /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/sshmenu.rb lib/gnome-sshmenu.rb - a Ruby library that adds the GNOME-specific features to SSHMenu. It should also be installed in a standard Ruby library directory. sshmenu-applet - a small wrapper script that uses sshmenu.rb to create an instance of the application in a panel applet window. It can be installed anywhere as long as the path in the .server file (see below) is adjusted to point to it. Typical location: /usr/lib/gnome-panel/sshmenu-applet gnome-sshmenu-applet.png - an icon used to represent the applet in the GNOME panel applet selector dialog ("Add to Panel"). It must be installed wherever your GNOME installation expects to find applet icons. Typical location: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/gnome-sshmenu-applet.png sshmenu-applet.server - file used to register the applet so that it can be found and started by GNOME. It must be adjusted to include the full pathname of where you installed sshmenu-applet.rb and would typically be installed as: /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/sshmenu-applet.server bin/sshmenu - a short wrapper script which implements the menu using the sshmenu.rb library. This file should go in /usr/bin and must be executable. (Not required at all for running the panel applet). bin/sshmenu-gnome - a short wrapper script implements the standalone menu with GNOME-specific functionality. It should live in the same directory as sshmenu (above) and should also be executable. (Also not required for running the panel applet). For more information, see the installation and packaging guide: http://sshmenu.sourceforge.net/download/install.html CUSTOMISATION A user would typically customise the list of hosts which appear on the menu using the preferences dialog. More complex customisations can be achieved using techniques described in the Hacker's Guide: http://sshmenu.sourceforge.net/dev/hackers_guide.html COPYRIGHT Copyright 2002-2009 Grant McLean <email@example.com> This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the License.txt file (a BSD-style license) distributed with the software.