sshd refuses connections until I restart the daemon

Matthias Apitz guru at
Thu May 10 08:00:53 UTC 2018

On Thursday, 10 May 2018 01:01:17 CEST, Patrick McMunn 
<doctorwhoguy at> wrote:
> I sometimes access my FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p9 box from my laptop via ssh.
> Sometimes I can connect, but sometimes I get the message "ssh: connect to
> host port 22: Connection refused". But if I walk over to the
> computer and manually restart the sshd daemon, I can then go back to my
> laptop and successfully ssh into the FreeBSD box. Why would it stop
> accepting ssh connections until restarting the daemon, and how can I fix
> this from recurring?

What's written in /var/log/messages about sshd?

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