When it comes to connecting to your AIX
system, Putty is a very popular option. It allows you to use an ssh
connection, with cut-and-paste facilities and the ability to
customise your sessions. You download Putty for free from the Putty
Download Page and there are lots of sites out there which can
step you through a simple setup.
Having watched how others use Putty, I can say there are one or two simple features which many people don't seem to be aware of.
Rectangle block selection : alt and mouse drag
You don't need to cut and paste entire lines if all you want is a column or two: just use alt while you use your mouse to select a rectangular block. As the Putty documentation explains:
(‘Rectangular block’), dragging the mouse between two points defines a rectangle, and everything within that rectangle is copied.
Here's how a rectangular selection looks:
You don't need to limit yourself to a
single column or to white space. You can cut and paste any rectangle
within your Putty session screen. You can even change this to be the default behaviour, so you don't need to use alt.
The second tip is so obvious, it's hardly worth mentioning, except that so many people overlook it. It's setting the backspace key to what suits your terminal type. If you constantly use ctrl-v or the stty command after logging in, maybe it's time for you to go to Terminal > Keyboard > The Backspace Key and set it to Control-H.
Keep longer history
The default scrollback history for a Putty session is 200 lines. Considering that commands such as lslpp, du and find may display thousands of lines, it may well be worthwhile upping the scrollback history. Session > Window > Lines of scrollback. If your Putty log file is going to blow your disk space on your PC, we at AIX Down Under are too delicate to comment on your desktop support team.
Change Default Settings
As well as having a list of sessions which can connect to various hosts, there is an entry in Putty for Default Settings. It is there to allow you to set your backspace, scroll history, colours, window size etc. once as the default instead of each time you set up a new host. Of course it won't change any existing host configuration settings. They are, by definition, already customised. But it's worth doing for future sessions you will create when you configure a new host to connect to.
The Putty documentation page gives a wealth of information about this free and popular client for ssh, telnet and rlogin. Have a read, then have a play.