SSH Server Problems

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Sat Sep 30 20:40:01 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-09-30 at 16:09 -0400, Preventas Latinbits wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently installed Edgy Knot3 in my computer and for some reason i
> can not make the SSH service to respond. I have my computer connected
> directly to the internet thru the modem so i have not port fowarding
> to do. I can restart the server and no problems are reported. I have
> not done any changes to the configuration file and i also configured
> the firewall (Firestarter) to allow anyone to access this port from
> the outside. The only thing i made different on this installation of
> edgy was that i did not create a Swap partition. I think I have plenty
> of memory (2GB) on my system. I dont think i t matters! 

First thing to do is to type 'netstat -l -t' in a terminal and see if
anything is listening on port 22.

Second thing to do is have a look in the /var/log/syslog after
attempting to connect and see if that reports any problems.

Third thing to do is to connect with about three -v options on the ssh
command. You will get lots of information, some of which may give you a
clue as to what is happening.

Post output to this list if the answer is not obvious.

Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
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