cannot ssh to machine on lan when it has no internet connection

Simon Morgan sjmorgan at
Thu Aug 25 09:51:15 GMT 2005

When I try to SSH to a machine on my LAN when its Internet connection
is down I get the following:

OpenSSH_3.9p1 Debian-1ubuntu2, OpenSSL 0.9.7e 25 Oct 2004
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Next authentication method: keyboard-interactive
<a couple of minutes of nothing>
Connection closed by

In the remote machines /var/log/auth.log I see:

Aug 25 10:37:10 bollo sshd[465]: fatal: Timeout before authentication

The resolv.conf on the remote machine has a single entry which points
to the machine itself which is running dnscache.

Any ideas? Could this be construed as being a bug?

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