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Faster SSHing into vagrant

Running vagrant ssh can be slow because it boots up a ruby process, does a bunch of analysis to determine your ssh parameters, and then actually invokes the command. If you want a faster login, try the following:

# Compute the ssh parameters, append them to your global ssh config file
# The --host parameter specifies what you want the vagrant machine to be called
vagrant ssh-config --host vagrant >> ~/.ssh/config

# Now just ssh into that machine directly
ssh vagrant

A couple caveats:

  1. Vagrant still needs to be running for you to ssh into it. vagrant ssh fails with a helpful error message when the machine isn't running, while ssh vagrant will just fail silently. Not super helpful.
  2. If you do a bunch of fiddling with vagrant, it's possible that the parameters in your .ssh/config file may become out of date. I've been running this configuration for several months now without any problems but ymmv. To fix that issue, open your .ssh/config file, delete the block that starts with "Host vagrant" and then run the first command again.
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