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OpenSSH Escape Sequences (aka Kill Dead SSH Sessions) – The Lone Sysadmin

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/16

You can get the below help when pressing these keys in an OpensSSH session:

  1. Enter
  2. ~
  3. ?

So thats Enter, followed by tilde, then question mark.

Then you get this help:

Supported escape sequences:
 ~.   - terminate connection (and any multiplexed sessions)
 ~B   - send a BREAK to the remote system
 ~C   - open a command line
 ~R   - request rekey
 ~V/v - decrease/increase verbosity (LogLevel)
 ~^Z  - suspend ssh
 ~#   - list forwarded connections
 ~&   - background ssh (when waiting for connections to terminate)
 ~?   - this message
 ~~   - send the escape character by typing it twice
(Note that escapes are only recognized immediately after newline.)

The one I use most is below; it leaves my tmux session alone.

  1. Enter
  2. ~
  3. .

–jeroen

via: SSH Escape Sequences (aka Kill Dead SSH Sessions) – The Lone Sysadmin

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