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Re: [Savannah-help-public] Problems logging in via ssh

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-help-public] Problems logging in via ssh
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 19:42:42 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)


"Permission denied" means SSH couldn't find a key to match the one at

"Connection refused" means you probably attempted to connect during a
server maintenance.

The most likely cause of failure is that SSH doesn't know where to
find your private key. You can manually specify where your private key
is using the '-i' option for SSH. By default, SSH looks at
~/.ssh/id_dsa and ~/.ssh/id_rsa .

The reference documentation is here:

To further diagnose your problem, please send us the output of these
commands in a terminal:

cvs -t -d:ext:address@hidden/cvsroot/yourproject co yourproject
ssh -v address@hidden



On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:59:45AM -0700, David Hill wrote:
> Hi people,
> I am the administrator for the "gnuspeech" project.  I have had problems 
> logging into the gnu webcvs pages and the repository for quite some time 
> now and have tried various measures including changing my keys (the most 
> recent change being yesterday, May 19 2008) and updating my account keys 
> to correspond.  I have checked there are no line feeds in my registered 
> ssh key and I have made sure '' (RSA)  has been added 
> correctly  to the list of known hosts .  The entry reads:
> --------
> ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAIEAzFQovi+67xa 
> +wymRz9u3plx0ntQnELBoNU4SCl3RkwSFZkrZsRTC0fTpOKatQNs1r/ 
> BLFoVt21oVFwIXVevGQwB+Lf0Z+5w9qwVAQNu/YUAFHBPTqBze4wYK/ 
> gSWqQOLoj7rOhZk0xtAS6USqcfKdzMdRWgeuZ550P6gSzEHfv0=
> --------
> I believe I have checked the most current documentation carefully, but 
> such a process is notoriously prone to wishful thinking :-(
> Whether going directly from the command line, or using MacCvsX I get the 
> same "Permission denied (publickey)" or "Connection refused" errors as in 
> the following copied transactions from the MacCvsX console window and 
> terminal window:
> MacCvsX console
> -------
> cvs -d :ext:address@hidden:/webcvs/gnuspeech checkout --  
> (in directory /Users/david/gnuspeech/ 
> www/)
> Permission denied (publickey).
> cvsnt [checkout aborted]: end of file from server (consult above  
> messages if any)
> ***** CVS exited normally with code 1 *****
> -----
> Terminal window:
> -------
> [eldorado:~/gnuspeech/www/software] david% cvs -z3 - 
> d:ext:address@hidden:/webcvs/gnuspeech co gnuspeech
> Connection refused
> cvs [checkout aborted]: end of file from server (consult above messages 
> if any)
> [eldorado:~/gnuspeech/www/software] david%
> --------
> the "software" directory contains:
> ------
> [eldorado:~/gnuspeech/www/software] david% ls
> CVS             gnuspeech
> [eldorado:~/gnuspeech/www/software] david%
> ------
> My ~/.ssh directory contains:
> ------
> [eldorado:~/.ssh] david% ls
> config
> id_dsa          identity        known_hosts
> [eldorado:~/.ssh] david%
> ------
> The ssh dsa keys are in the "id_dsa*" files, not in the "identity*"  
> files.  The config file contains "Protocol 2"
> Long experience tells me that the problem is something *I* am doing  
> wrong or missing, but I don't see it, and am therefore checking with you 
> on the off-chance that something has changed, or some kind of block has 
> been placed on my access.  If there are no changes or blocks, and you can 
> spot my error, that would be very helpful too.
> I am using the standard Openssh that comes with the Mac, dated February 
> 26 2008, though I believe there was an update to Openssh to deal with a 
> vulnerability as recently as last month.  It has not made it to my 
> machine so far.
> Many thanks in anticipation of your help --  I hope I have provided all 
> the information you may need for this.
> david
> ------
> David Hill
> address@hidden
> --------
>  The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look  
> respectable. (J.K. Galbraith)
> --------

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