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

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Fri May 13 17:11:00 GMT 2011


On 5/12/2011 4:55 PM, Tim Allen wrote:
> On 12/05/11 01:57, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
>> On 5/11/2011 5:04 PM, Tim Allen wrote:
>>> 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: http://cygwin.com/problems.html
>>>>
>>>
>>> OK. Steps to reproduce:
>>>
>>> 1. Open command prompt, type:
>>> c:\ ssh fleet
>>> Could not create directory 'c/.ssh'.
>>> The authenticity of host 'fleet (192.168.1.30)' 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:
>>>
>>> cygcheck.out:
>>> Output from c:\cygwin\bin\id.exe
>>> UID: 0(tda) GID: 0(root)
>>> 0(root) 545(Users)
>>
>> Indeed. Some thoughts:
>>
>> 1. Check that you're using Cygwin's ssh.
>
> Yes, double checked.
>
>> 2. Try unsetting "HOME" before running ssh.
> C:\>set HOME=
> C:\>ssh -v fleet
> OpenSSH_5.8p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8r 8 Feb 2011
> debug1: Connecting to fleet [192.168.1.30] port 22.
> debug1: Connection established.
> debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0
> debug1: identity file /.ssh/id_rsa type -1
> ...
> ssh goes on to create /.ssh off of c:\cygwin and fails since no id_rsa files.
>
> Copying .ssh/ into c:\cygwin results in this working.
>
> Try:
>
> c:\>set HOME=/home/tda
> c:\>ssh -v fleet
> OpenSSH_5.8p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8r 8 Feb 2011
> debug1: Connecting to fleet [192.168.1.30] port 22.
> debug1: Connection established.
> debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0
> debug1: identity file /home/tda/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
> ...
> (succeeds, but I need HOME to be "correct" for other apps)
>
> Try returning to Windows default:
>
> c:\>set HOME=c:\Users\tda.DCA
> c:\>ssh -v fleet
> OpenSSH_5.8p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8r 8 Feb 2011
> debug1: Connecting to fleet [192.168.1.30] port 22.
> debug1: Connection established.
> debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0
> Could not create directory 'c/.ssh'.
> debug1: identity file c/.ssh/id_rsa type -1

Sorry, I cannot reproduce this, even with all my Cygwin processes stopped
prior to running this:

C:\>set HOME=c:\users\lhall

C:\>ssh -v ds9
OpenSSH_5.8p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8r 8 Feb 2011
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
debug1: Connecting to ds9 [192.168.1.190] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/lhall/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
...
(succeeds)

But looking back at your '/etc/passwd' entry, you have:

tda:unused_by_nt/2000/xp:1000:513:U-laptop1\tda,S-1-5-21-2414507100-3802266639-3593817948-1000:/home/tda:/bin/bash

When I compare that to the home directory you want (HOME=c:\Users\tda.DCA),
I'm wondering if you have a mismatch of usernames.  What does 'id' tell
you your user is?

Also, I note that our debug output for 'ssh -v' differs.  You may want to
investigate that some too.

Other stray ideas which may or may not be relevant:
   BLODA
   Downgrade OpenSSH

-- 
Larry

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