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Mac OSX SSH based SOCKS proxy configuration

This post is about setting up and configuring automatically an SSH based SOCKS proxy configuration on Mac OSX. I need it to be configured automatically, since scientific publications are accessible only from an academic institution IP address. Since I spend a lot of time on the console, it is more convenient to have a bash script for that. Also, I have access to plenty of Linux servers at my institution, thus it is very easy to use one of them as SOCKS proxy.
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