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I've used the command ssh -D 8080 -f -C -q -N user@IP to SSH into a VPS and set it to browse in the SOCKS proxy settings in System Preferences (on my Mac).

How do I cancel the SSH session (and browse normally) without having to log out?

I know Ctrl+C 'cancels' certain commands that are running, but once I do the ssh -D it immediately logs out of the VPS.

Also, unrelated question: Does logging out cancel the SSH 'binding' on the port?

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It seems you are asking two or three questions.

To use ssh to tunnel, I advise you start a non-interactive session

ssh -C2qTnN -D 8080 user@IP

That will put the ssh tunnel in the background.

Use the proxy: You then configure your browser or system settings to use the proxy on localhost port 8080.

Stop using the proxy: You then re-configure your system to not use the proxy (undo the above step).

To end the ssh session,

killall ssh

Or kill the process by process id

I usually run a separate ssh session if you wish to enter commands on the server.

See also https://calomel.org/firefox_ssh_proxy.html

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