problems ssh'ing debug1: An invalid name was supplied (OSX client)

David Robillard david.robillard at
Tue Oct 10 07:29:58 PDT 2006

>> any clues why ssh is hanging before a prompt is provided from the
>> server side. this prompt stalling behavior is only happening when I
>> am coming from my OSX ssh client. Any clues on this? I have never see
>> this betwe.

I had this problem when DNS was broken for the FreeBSD server and the
MacOS X client. Make sure the DNS you're using can resolve both
forward and reverse for the client and the server. Then your ssh
session will be fast and free of this error.


David Robillard
UNIX systems administrator & Oracle DBA
CISSP, RHCE & Sun Certified Security Administrator
Montreal: +1 514 966 0122

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