After a few hours of work today, I have all this working perfectly. I'm using autossh to automatically create and monitor the ssh tunnel, and I can make mysql connections through the tunnel with no problems. Very cool.

And that's through PF firewalls on both machines, which added flavor to
the exercise ;-)

One question... and maybe this is a general, philosophical question...

If autossh watches over my ssh tunnel, who or what watches over autossh?

As a related question, how can I make autossh start automatically after a reboot? At the moment, I start autossh from the command line, like so:

autossh -M 20000 -fNg -L 33006:127.0.0.1:3306 [EMAIL PROTECTED]

There doesn't seem to be an rc.d file for autossh... Do I have to figure
out how to make one?


You can do this all by not using autossh at all: let init watch and
re-establish your ssh tunnel:

This is in my /etc/ttys (wrapped for readability):

ttyv8   "/usr/bin/ssh -l syslogng -nNTx -R 3306:local.domain.tld:3306
remote.domain.tld >/dev/null 2>&1"    unknown on

I let my central machine control the tunnel, not the sending one.

H'mmm... This is new territory for me. I've just read some of the man pages and a few pages in Absolute BSD, and I guess I sort of understand what this does. I'm trying to grasp the connection between virtual terminals and this SSH tunnel...

I guess my main question is, if I start the tunnel with this method, will I be able to access mysql in 'the usual way'? The following works with my autossh tunnel:

mysql -h127.0.0.1 -P33006 -uuser -ppassword db

So, if using the /etc/ttys file is equivalent, and I make the connection on the database server, rather than the client server, then I guess my ttys file should look like this (my ttyv8 is already used... I am guessing I should use the next one down):

ttyv7 "/usr/bin/ssh -l admin -nNTx -R 3306:127.0.0.1:33006 example.com >/dev/null 2>&1" unknown on

Where 'admin' is the user I am logging into on the remote machine, and 'example.com' is the hostname of the remote machine. I guess equivalent to the following?

ttyv7 "/usr/bin/ssh -nNTx -R 3306:127.0.0.1:33006 [EMAIL PROTECTED] >/dev/null 2>&1" unknown on

Port 33006 is not a typo. There are databases running on both machines, so I need to use a different port for the tunnel.

And as far as I can tell, I reload /etc/ttys with 'kill -1 1'.

This looks dangerous...

-- John


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