How to set up SSH on Free BSD?

Posted on 2002-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
Looks for assistance in setting up a Free BSD box to be reachable via SSH and to have SSH load on this box each time it is started.  Thanks.
Question by:mmedwid
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you need to add the /path/to/sshd to the rc startup script, probably /etc/rc.local
Then setup /etc/sshd_config and start sshd.
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Hi mmedwid,

  1. Download a copy of SSH from the following site:
  or somewhere else if you alread know.

  2. Following the instructions (README file etc) install
     it on your system
     (eg, put it under /usr/local)

  3. use a text edtor to edit the ssh configuration files (I assume that you install it under /usr/local)
  note: you can use all the default setting first and make
        the change later.

  4. cd to the ssh bin dir, run the following command:
     ./ssh-keygen -t dsa
     Note: this will generates authentication keys
           for your system

  5. Modify the following script (I wrote this one for my  systems) and put it under /etc/rc2.d,

  # This script is for start and stop the OpenSSH daemon -- sshd
  # OpenSSH configuration files location: /usr/local/etc
  # OpenSSH key files location: /etc/ssh2
  # Generic script used to start and stop a service

  case "$1" in


          # Start the sshd server
        if [ -f /usr/local/sbin/sshd ]; then
                 /usr/local/sbin/sshd &
       pid=`ps -ef | grep sshd | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2} ' `
       if test "$pid" ;  then
        /usr/bin/kill $pid
              echo "No PID file. Process may not be running"
      echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/sshd { start | stop }"
  exit 0

  Save it as S91sshd, and set the permission as the followings:
  -rwxr--r--   1 root     sys          818 Nov 21 11:20 S91sshd*

  6. Start the sshd deamon (ssh server):
  /etc/rc2.d/S91sshd start

  That's all you need to do.

  Good luck!
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pid="`ps -ef|awk '/\/s\shd/{print $2}'`"  # ;-)
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Sorry, I was not thinking, you should put the script in:

We are talking about free BSD.
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Thanks.  I'll try this out tomorrow.  Working from home today.  
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May be you need to read this as well:

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May be you should try to add fillowing line to /etc/rc.conf -
sshd_enadle = "YES"

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Yeah - this is what I found reading through one of the docs.  I like the simple approach.

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