sshd services can't start

Dear Sir i have SUSE 9.0 system iand i have a problem with the sshd service

when i try to start it with command " rcsshd start"
it's failed with error message from shell :

Starting SSH daemonExtra argument root.
 exit status of parent of /usr/sbin/sshd:1

i tried to remove an reinstall the package of sshd but no way

so can anybody tell me what i can do to solve this problem
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arnoldConnect With a Mentor Commented:
grep sshd  /var/log/messages
See if you have an error that could clear things up.
after you run the test suggested aboev by legolasthehansy, if sshd was not running, you can start it in debug mode:
/usr/sbin/sshd -v

See what it is reporting as errors if there is anything.
Double check the config /etc/ssh/sshd_config to make sure the port to which it binds is 22 and not something else if someone other than you manages/managed this system.
Try giving only rcsshd and see what happens.
asfourcrystalAuthor Commented:
sorry what do you mean by giving only rcsshd????
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All standard executeables should be under /etc/init.d

Try this,
cd /etc/init.d
./sshd start

Or see if there is any instances of sshd's running.
ps -ef | grep sshd

kill it and then restart and check
asfourcrystalAuthor Commented:
it try with same error
you used the -v flag and the same two lines are the only information displayed?

Was sshd running and you had to terminate the process or it was not running ?
strace -f -p /usr/sbin/sshd
asfourcrystalAuthor Commented:
this time when i try to start the services it return

Starting SSH daemonExtra argument root.
startproc:  exit status of parent of /usr/sbin/sshd: 1

but when i try to restart it it give failed
Could you look in /var/log/messages to see if anything is being reported there?
Did ssh ever work on this system?
It may be a generic error, usually because invalid command line options or malformed configuration
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