Escape from ssh

If you ever get an ssh session that seems to be stuck, try closing the connection using one of the ssh built-in escape sequences.

Just type at the beginning of a new line:


If you have to close a remote ssh session that was started from an ssh session, you will have to escape the escape character, and type:


For a list of available escape sequences:


The escape character can be modified using the -e command line option:

ssh -e '_'

For more detail, take a look at the ESCAPE CHARACTERS section of the ssh man page or the following links:

Kargig’s blog

Betabug’s blog

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