Tunelling even more stuff over SSH
Today at the CS department of the Technion is a particularily Bad Network Day (TM) for laptop users; none of the wired connections at the farm work, and wireless doesn’t seem to working for HTTP at all.
It does, however, work for SSH. Ka-ching! :)
Tunneling your browser over SSH is a pretty simple affair - SSH into somewhere which has a decent connection, and use the -D9999 flag (9999 works, but it can be any 16-bit number over 1024). Then, configure your browser to work over a SOCKS proxy at 127.0.0.1:9999.
How do you, however, get other things to work over that tunnel? There’s an
excellent program called dante-client (that’s an apt package, folks. if you
can’t apt-get due to your network situation, get it at packages.ubuntu.com or
packages.debian.org). Install it, and make sure
/etc/dante.conf has the
socksify whatever-you-want-to-do. For example,
sudo socksify apt-get install something. Or perhaps
socksify ssh somewhere. Or
sudo wget something. Or
socksify git do-something-awesome. (All of the above work for