Help request: problems with a 5.1 server and large numbers of ssh users.

Tim Kientzle kientzle at
Thu Nov 20 15:38:35 PST 2003

Len Sassaman wrote:
> The problem is that after about 150 users log in (300ish sshd sessions, 
> since I am using privsep), incoming connections start getting dropped. 

That number (150) sounds awfully familiar; I feel like
I've seen it somewhere recently.  Hmmmm....

Try an 'fstat' when connections start getting dropped.
I wonder if something (PAM module, maybe?) is opening a
file on each connection and you're running out of per-process
file descriptors.

Tim Kientzle

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