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Re: sshd+ssh localhost connects, but don't reach the shell

Vilar Camara wrote:

> First of all, thank you for the quick answer.
>> > I've installed sshd following the tutorial on
>> >, including the
>> mkpasswd
>> [snip]
>> Stop right there.
>> If you search this list for that link you'll find that many people
>> have problems
>> after following the instructions.
> Wow, I didn't expect this. Of course I should have double-checked the
> source, sorry. It's unfortunate that it is the first Google hit.
>> The only procedure that should be followed is in
>> /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README; unless you really know what you
>> are doing.
> Ok, I read it. First I had to erase every trace of previous installation:
> rm -f /etc/ssh*
> rm -rf ~/.ssh
> Erased CYGWIN system environment variable
> cygrunsrv -E/-R sshd
> Killed all running "sshd.exe" processes
> Deleted the sshd user
> (Did I leave anything behind?)
> Then:
> ssh-host-config -y, CYGWIN=ntsec
> ssh-user-config -y, passphrases match my user password
> cygrunsrv -S sshd
> "netstat -an | grep 22" gives me
>  TCP                 LISTENING
> so I think the service is running and listening.
> Unfortunately the client still does nothing: "ssh localhost" keeps
> waiting forever.
> As a last resort, I renamed the user directory under /home, created a
> new empty one and ran ssh-user-config again. Still no luck.
> One particular thing at openssh.README file is the following phrase:
>    If you start sshd as deamon via cygrunsrv.exe you MUST give the
>    "-D" option to sshd. Otherwise the service can't get started at all.
> I can't get exactly what that means. It appears that the phrase should
> be "If you *manually install* sshd as daemon" or "If you run
> /usr/sbin/sshd as a non-daemon process". "ssh-host-config" already gives
> "-a -D" to "cygrunsrv -I". "cygrunsrv -S sshd -a -D" doesn't work (as I
> suspected).

Yes, you are right.  The ssh-host-config script does include the -D when it
installs the service.

> Three additional things that may be clarifying or not:
> 1) /var/log/sshd.log is *always* empty (0-byte length);

Normal.  The only thing I see there are errors when I make an error changing

Usually sshd sends messages to the Windows Application Event log.  I'm using
syslogd-ng so that messages go to /var/log/messages.

> 2) "ssh -vvv localhost" now gives a lot of complaining messages:
>    OpenSSH_4.3p2, OpenSSL 0.9.8a 11 Oct 2005
>    debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
>    debug2: ssh_connect: needpriv 0
>    debug1: Connecting to localhost [] port 22.
>    debug1: Connection established.
>    debug1: identity file /home/vilarnt/.ssh/identity type 0
>    debug3: Not a RSA1 key file /home/vilarnt/.ssh/id_rsa.
>    debug2: key_type_from_name: unknown key type '-----BEGIN'

Normal output.  The only difference I see is "type -1" which probably means that
I don't have rsa key or identity.

>    debug2: key_type_from_name: unknown key type '-----END'
>    debug3: key_read: missing keytype
>    debug1: identity file /home/vilarnt/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
>    debug3: Not a RSA1 key file /home/vilarnt/.ssh/id_dsa.
>    debug2: key_type_from_name: unknown key type '-----BEGIN'
>    debug3: key_read: missing keytype
>    debug3: key_read: missing whitespace
>    debug2: key_type_from_name: unknown key type '-----END'
>    debug3: key_read: missing keytype
>    debug1: identity file /home/vilarnt/.ssh/id_dsa type 2
> What is that? Anyway, I think this is not the main problem,


> as I've said
> in the previous post that the "SSH Secure Shell" Windows client also hangs;
> 3) If I kill all "sshd.exe" processes while ssh is stuck, the client
> terminates with the message "ssh_exchange_identification: Connection
> closed by remote host". As I said, this may or may not be clarifying.
> Does anybody have a clue?

Not yet, could you show the rest of that output? or the end, to see where things

Some ideas: are you running anything on your ~/.profile or equivalent file?;
what shell do you use? can you try a user with a home in an NTFS partition? (I
don't know if FAT32 is the problem because I don't use that)

> Again, thanks to everyone for the patience and dedication.

Please keep your replies on the list, the more people that see them the higher
the probability that someone will spot the problem.
René Berber

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