[GLLUG] ssh and putty(winXP)

Matt Graham danceswithcrows at usa.net
Sun Nov 23 10:10:48 EST 2003

On Saturday 22 November 2003 22:36, after a long battle with technology, 
Seth Bembeneck wrote:
> I'm trying to set up ssh on my gentoo system. Ssh is running,

You Mean "sshd".  ssh is the client, sshd the server.  You must have the 
server running on a machine before any attempts to use ssh to connect 
will work.

> but when I try to connect to it using putty on my xp machine, as soon 
> as I input my username in putty, putty closes down.

Weird.  Look in /var/log/sshd/ to find out the errors sshd is 

> I have been reading about DSA and RSA keys. I have generated a DSA
> key using puttygen.exe but how do I get gentoo/ssh to recognize it?

After using ssh-keygen, you'll end up with 2 files, id_dsa.pub and 
id_dsa .  Take the .pub file and append it to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 
on the machine(s) you want to log in to.  

> Also, I have been reading about booting diskless computers (or
> computers with small hard drive space) off of linux.
> I have an old computer here and would like to try it out. Can any one
> point me in the right direction on how to set up the server and
> The computer for booting off of the server? I'm using Gentoo as my
> OS.

For a true diskless setup, you need a NIC that does Wake-On-LAN and PXE.  
You might not have those on your older machine; look at your NIC's 
manual for details.  You can always boot a kernel that has NFS support 
and /-on-NFS support from a floppy or a CD though.  You'll need to make 
sure that your other machine is running nfsd and that your NIC is 
reasonably fast.  Lots of detailed info is available at 
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Diskless-root-NFS-other-HOWTO.html , there's 
another one about diskless /-NFS but it was written by someone with 
minimal command of English.  HTH,

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