Starting sshd, ssh connections

Jonathan Chen jonc at
Tue Dec 29 18:53:46 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 07:04:24PM +0100, n dhert wrote:
> On a newly installed FreeBSD7.2, when booting it takes a long time to get
> past "Starting sshd.".
> I'm using the PC only in a private network. The IP of the PC is
> # ssh root at
> or  # ssh root at
> take both 15 seconds to display
> Password: ...
> At setup, I did specify a hostname, a domainname, a default_router
> ( and
> DNS server (in the future to be replace by non-private IPs),
> but since I am testing only in a private network and only with IP adresses
> (no hostnames)
> these are not used.
> So what is causing that delay at Start of sshd and use of ssh?

Reverse DNS lookup. Make sure you have PTR entries for all IPs in use.
Jonathan Chen <jonc at>
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