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I have many servers and they all end with the same, so for example, and was wondering if it is possible to make it so i can just type the vded-xx-001 and have it append the automatically ?

So i would want to type

ssh user@vded-xx-001

and have it actually connect to


I have tried setting my DNS-search domain to, in /etc/network/interfaces, but this did not achieve the desired outcome.

Anyone able to point me in the right direction ?

Thanks in advance

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Is there any reason you can not just add search to /etc/resolv.conf ? – Hennes Apr 16 '13 at 11:21
@Hennes Adding search and to resolv.conf has worked. However there is a warning at the top of the file that my changes will be overwritten, if this is the case how do i make them permanent ? – Tim Lassie Freeborn Apr 16 '13 at 11:27
I would love to answer that and rake in the extra rep, but this post already answers that quite well: :-)… – Hennes Apr 16 '13 at 11:35
Actually, contrary to what is discussed in that question, it's normally best to include a search domain list either in /etc/network/interfaces (using a dns-search option) or in the NetworkManager connection configuration field Search domains. – jdthood Apr 19 '13 at 14:46

Probably you already solved this, but maybe later it could help someone: you don't need to mees with your resolv.conf, just can use something like this in your ~/.ssh/config:

Host vded-*-001 test-*-something-fixed-*
        User someusername

So later you can just use:

ssh vdev-alotofstuff-001
ssh vdev-somethingels-001
ssh test-02-something-fixed-somethingelse


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Yes, you can do this by creating a config file named ~/.ssh/config and entering the following contents:

Host vded-xx-001
User user
Port 22

Now you just have to type this (you don't even need the username any more):

$ ssh vded-xx-001

This also works with the command-line utility scp:

$ scp filename vded-xx-001:/path/
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I am aware that this works for individual hosts but i have hundreds and was hoping i could create a rule that picks up on VDED-* and then for the hostname does – Tim Lassie Freeborn Apr 16 '13 at 11:24
@TimLassieFreeborn: you could write a script that generates the entries needed for the config file. I don't know if you can do it dynamically, though. – Flimm Apr 16 '13 at 11:25
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The solution to my problem was to add the search domain to resolv.conf:


This has allowed me to enter

ssh user@vded-xx-001

for any of my servers and it connect to the correct address.

Thank you @Hennes for the answer

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Assuming you are running Ubuntu 12.04 or later, you shouldn't edit /etc/resolv.conf directly because the resolvconf utility generates that file. (Actually it generates /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf to which /etc/resolv.conf is a symbolic link.) Instead you should configure DNS settings through the interface configurer, either ifup or NetworkManager. Ifup: Edit /etc/network/interfaces and add a dns-search line to the stanza for the machine's external network interface. NM: Add to the Search domains field on the IPv4 tab for the connection. – jdthood Apr 19 '13 at 14:30
If /etc/resolv.conf is not a symbolic link to ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf on your machine then run sudo dpkg-reconfigure resolvconf to restore the symbolic link. – jdthood Apr 19 '13 at 14:31

For a quick solution that works across different programs, you can also set the domain vded-xx-001 to redirect to a specific IP address, by editing /etc/hosts to include a line like this:  vded-xx-001

This works in your browser: http://vded-xx-001/

As well as with command-line utilities like SSH:

$ ssh user@vded-xx-001

(I personally prefer the SSH config solution though.)

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