Error message with "denyhosts"

Andy Dills andy at
Sun Dec 9 09:35:41 PST 2007

On Sun, 9 Dec 2007, Gerard wrote:

> I just installed 'denyhosts' on a FBSD-6.2 machine. I thought I had followed
> the directions correctly, however, I continually see an  error message popping
> up on the screen. This is a line fro the /var/log/auth.log file.
> Dec  9 10:56:01 scorpio sshd[1477]: warning: /etc/hosts.allow, line 1: missing ":" separator
> This is the top of my /stc/hosts file:
> /sshd

> All I added were the two lines preceding "ALL : ALL : allow". What could be
> causing this problem? I don't seem to be missing any ":"  separators.

Not sure where that random /sshd came from, but the "line 1" bit is a 
pretty big hint as to where the problem is ;)


Andy Dills
Xecunet, Inc.

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