I'm a stalwart Terminal fan for my Engineering tasks. I don't understand why so many colleagues prefer a Terminal emulator like SecureCRT when we have native SSH built right into the OS. Something a lot of SecureCRT guys hold over my head is the nested folders with saved SSH sessions.
It dawned on me this morning that I could duplicate that functionality in something I'm already using: Brett Terpstra's Cheaters.
I won't get into an in-depth review of Cheaters, here. Simply put, it's a small app that launches a web view of a locally-hosted set of websites. Brett's suggestion is to use it as a place to keep cheatsheets (hence the name), like a virtual cubicle wall.
I used a little
sed on our existing hosts file, and came up with a Markdown list of links to the hostnames of our devices, using the following syntax:
I spent a couple minutes sorting the list into a reasonable hierarchy, then I used this nice little tutorial to create expanding lists using CSS and jQuery. I ran my Markdown list through Brett's own Marked 2, and copied the HTML to a new cheatsheet.
<link data-preserve-html-node="true" rel="stylesheet" href="css/expandolist.css">
I didn't need to worry about jQuery, since Cheaters already uses it. I added the appropriate ID's to the
div that holds the list, and to the first
ul element. That's really all there was to it. Now I have a nice, organized, expandable list that lives in my menubar, which I can use to launch SSH sessions right in Terminal without having to remember specific hostnames. Not bad for 45 minutes of effort.