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The autossh systemd service uses configuration files from the
/etc/autossh directory. Each configuration file should define a single
variable OPTIONS, which contains all command line options to pass to
the respective autossh service instance. The configuration file is the
name of the service instance suffixed with .conf, for example
autossh@myconnection.service loads its configuration from the
/etc/autossh/myconnection.conf file. For example (all on one line,
wrapped here for readability):

    OPTIONS=-M 0 -NT
        -o "ServerAliveInterval 60" -o "ServerAliveCountMax 3"
        -l autossh -i /path/to/id_rsa -L 7474:

Note that it is not necessary to configure everything related to the
actual connection in $OPTIONS, instead just as with regular ssh(1)
use, the -F option can be used there to load them from separate
configuration files. For example:

    OPTIONS=-M 0 -N -F /path/to/myconnection_ssh_config

The services run as the autossh user by default. This means that
functionality requiring root access, for example forwarding local
privileged ports, is not available to them. If root functionality is
required, it can be accomplished through the systemd unit override
mechanisms, see systemd.unit(5).