Kill a broken ssh connection.

$ ~.
This is useful for example if you are on ssh in a server and the server goes down without letting you out.

This is part of a larget sets of escape sequences provided by ssh. You can find them with ~? Here’s the list:

~. – terminate connection (and any multiplexed sessions)

~B – send a BREAK to the remote system

~C – open a command line

~R – request rekey

~V/v – decrease/increase verbosity (LogLevel)

~^Z – suspend ssh

~# – list forwarded connections

~& – background ssh (when waiting for connections to terminate)

~? – this message

~~ – send the escape character by typing it twice

(Note that escapes are only recognized immediately after newline.)

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