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MARCH 2013


Perl Auto Connector a multi-purpose SSH/terminal connection manager


pac - Perl Auto Connector


pac [options]


pac is a (simple?) GUI to manage/launch connections to remote machines with:
Simple GUI to manage/launch connections to remote machines.
Scripting possibilities, ’ala’ SecureCRT
Configurable [Pre|Post]-connection local commands execution.
Configurable list of macros (commands) to execute locally when connected or to send to connected client.
Configurable list of conditional executions on connected machine via ’Expect’:
. forget about SSH certificates
. chain multiple ssh connections
. automate tunnels creation
. with line-send delay capabilities!! etc...
KeePassX integration!
Ability to connect to machines through a Proxy server!
CLUSTER connections.
Wake On LAN capabilities
Local and Global variables, eg.: write down a password once, use it ANY where, centralizing its modification for faster changes! use them for:
. password vault
. reusing connection strings
Seamless Gnome/Gtk integration.
Tray icon for quick launching connections. Screenshots and statistics also available!
DEB, RPM and .TAR.GZ packages available
Written in Perl/Gtk (wait, *is* that a feature? Well, it is for me! ;=)
It is FREE (as in freedom)!! and licensed under GNU GPLv3.


--help this help
--no-backup do no create alternative PAC config files as a backup (faster shutdown)
--start-shell start a local terminal
--start-uuid=<uuid>[:<cluster] start connection in cluster (if given)
--edit-uuid=<uuid> edit connection
--start-script=<script> start given script
--password=<pwd> automatically logon with given password without prompting user
--dump-uuid=<uuid> dump given UUID’s data
--scripts open scripts window
--preferences open global preferences dialog
--quick-conn open the Quick Connect dialog on startup
--list-uuids list existing connections/groups and their UUIDs
--no-splash no splash screen on startup
--iconified make PAC go to tray once started
--readonly start in read only mode (no config changes allowed)


Per user configuration directory.


Uses next Gnome’s configuration paths:
/system/http_proxy/host or /system/proxy/http/host
- Takes this proxy path
/system/http_proxy/port or /system/proxy/http/port
- Takes this proxy port
/system/http_proxy/authentication_user or /system/proxy/http/host/authentication-user
- Takes this proxy user name
/system/http_proxy/authentication_password or /system/proxy/http/host/authentication-password
- Takes this proxy password


Well... I thinks that by this version, there should not be *many* bugs but... I’m sure you ’will’ find some! When that happens, please, let me know :)
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