Certain servers I connect to on a regular basis are rather slow when
connecting. Here are some
~/.ssh/config options to speed up ssh connections.
I find this is useful for scripts that make multiple subsequent ssh connections. Capistrano comes to mind as well as a couple of scripts I have that use scp.
Beware Strange Behavior
I have noticed occasionally that I get some error messages due to stale master connections. I think this happens when my computer powers off without shutting down fully.
Control socket connect(/Usersemail@example.com:22): Connection refused ControlSocket /Usersfirstname.lastname@example.org:22 already exists, disabling multiplexing
The connection still works, but it is even slower to connect which
defeats the purpose of using master control sockets. You can go into
~/.ssh and manually remove the connection files to clean it up.
Furthermore, this behavior can get quite confusing when setting up ssh-key authentication. You may think you have it set up correctly because of lack of a password prompt, but in my case it was reusing the connection (which is why it didn't prompt me).