ssh - Could not create directory 'c/.ssh'.

Tim Allen
Wed May 11 21:05:00 GMT 2011

Hi Larry

On 11/05/11 15:45, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> On 5/11/2011 6:44 AM, Tim Allen wrote:
>> Hi
>> I have happily used Cygwin ssh from "DOS" command prompt for many
>> years but
>> on upgrading to V1.7 get this error message. Further info:
>> OS: Vista
>> /etc/passwd line:
>> tda:unused_by_nt/2000/xp:1000:513:U-laptop1\tda,S-1-5-21-2414507100-3802266639-3593817948-1000:/home/tda:/bin/bash
>> The interesting thing is that if I open up a second command prompt and
>> run an
>> arbitrary cygwin command (like "less filename"). ssh successfully finds
>> /home/tda/.ssh (but only for so long as that second command is running).
>> I suspect this is something to do with the changes to mounts, but so
>> far I've
>> been unable to find a fix.
> I think we need more information about what you're actually doing and what
> your configuration is. Please review the problem reporting guidelines found
> here:
>> Problem reports:

OK. Steps to reproduce:

1. Open command prompt, type:
c:\ ssh fleet
Could not create directory 'c/.ssh'.
The authenticity of host 'fleet (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 17:33:a7:32:cd:e1:04:ed:d7:3b:dc:11:c6:da:3c:42.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

2. Open second command prompt, type:
c:\ less main.c

3. Leave less running, return to first prompt and repeat login attempt:
c:\ ssh fleet
Linux fleet 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Tue Mar 8 21:36:00 UTC 2011 i686
(login OK)

cygcheck.out is output of cygcheck -s -v -r with less NOT running.
cygcheck1.out is output of cygcheck -s -v -r with less running.

The difference below looks relevant:

Output from c:\cygwin\bin\id.exe
UID: 0(tda)  GID: 0(root)
0(root)      545(Users)

Output from c:\cygwin\bin\id.exe
UID: 1000(tda) GID: 513(None)
513(None)      545(Users)


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