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Volume 8, Issue 152; 29 Nov 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

SSH works again!

If brute force doesn't work, maybe you're not using enough brute force.

You may or may not have noticed the deafening silence around here for the past couple of weeks. I post essays by rsyncing over ssh. Ever since I returned from Atlanta (and while I was at Atlanta too, though I suspect my problems there were just flakiness in the wifi), I've been unable to ssh to the machine where this site is hosted.

It's been a frustrating couple of weeks trying to get the folks at Dreamhost to give me a clue. I've otherwise got no complaints, it's been good service at reasonable prices.

In the end, and I have Edd Dumbill to thank (Thanks, Edd!!!) for thinking of this: it turned out that they'd added my IP address to the /etc/hosts.deny file. Well duh!, no wonder I couldn't connect!

Their explanation for this was “blacklisted due to repeated login failures”. That makes me think something else was going on back on 11 November when they blacklisted me, but I'll probably never know what now. I sure as hell know where to look next time this problem arises though. And so do they (I got a rather apologetic reply to my last support request, describing the problem and asking them to fix it).

All's well that end's well. Happy reading.


I consider any interaction with DreamHost support that doesn't end with me getting a free month of hosting added to my account a failure: to their credit I've only had to contact them four times in four years, but the last two have been foolishness on their part similar to your case, leaving me two months better off. Now I have to figure out how to turn their complaint about my excess CPU usage (d'oh, I installed WordPress because they made it possible with just one click, and now they don't like having to have it use a quarter second of CPU per page view?) into another month of apology.

—Posted by Phil Ringnalda on 03 Dec 2005 @ 06:36 UTC #

Hmm. No one offered me any free months of service. Oh, well.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 03 Dec 2005 @ 01:02 UTC #