Comments on: Code Sorcery Releases Meerkat 1.0 Official blog of Red Sweater Software Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:11:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Justin Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:11:19 +0000 @Daniel: Thanks a ton for mentioning Meerkat!

@ssp: You are right in that once you setup a particular, specific tunnel, chances are that you jot it down in a shell script or otherwise save it for next time to avoid the pain again. As a sysadmin, I’m in this position myself. But where Meerkat comes in is bringing up your IMAP tunnel every time you launch Mail, or tunneling to your home server’s VNC every time you start Screen Sharing and showing it in Finder’s sidebar just like a local server, or recognizing when you close and then later open your laptop someplace else and keeping things going, all the while giving you a non-intrusive Growl notification of how your tunnels are faring.

As for the GUI, I gathered a lot of feedback to that effect and provided two features: remembering how you like to run it (in the sense of whether the main window is shown or not), and optionally running without a dock icon. UI be gone! :-)

By: ssp Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:44:48 +0000 P.S. Your live preview doesn’t like the URL in the LaunchDaemon link I added. It makes all the text following go AWOL.

By: ssp Tue, 03 Jun 2008 13:43:35 +0000 I suppose once you have tried and succeeded making an SSH tunnel this isn’t as big a deal because the cursing has been done and the script has been saved, but it looks like a nice tool to start with.

If you’re interested in tunneling / VPN stuff, the recent version 2 of Shimo may be interesting to look at. Not quite as simple as Meerkat, but able to tame Cisco VPN and some others as well. It appears to come with ssh support as well now.

If you need such ssh tunnels regularly, it may be worth considering to do this transparently without a GUI application getting in the way. A few years back this took fiddling with NetInfo and xinetd, but I guess you can achieve the same with a bit less effort using a LaunchDaemon these days.