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Hi all! I'm desperately hoping that you can help me out. I'm a Mac newbie, recently converted from Windows, and loving it. I have a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4.11. I'm supposed to be working on my PhD at the moment, but haven't been able to login to my linux box in England for 4 days now! Argh!

I'm running ssh in an xterm window. The command is:
ssh -Y <myname>@<servername>

This has always worked before. It worked at my house last Thursday. On Friday I went to my mother's house for the weekend. It worked there. When I returned home on Sunday, it had stopped working. The error message is: ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

I've contacted the network admin in England. He says it must be on my end. I deleted my .ssh directory. I removed all my caches. I called my isp and asked if they'd changed any firewall settings. I read all kinds of things online about ssh. I made a new test account and tried to connect from there. No dice.

When I run ssh -v -v -v I get:

ssh -v -v -v -Y <myname>@<servername>
OpenSSH_5.1p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7l 28 Sep 2006
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
debug2: ssh_connect: needpriv 0
debug1: Connecting to <servername> [server] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /Users/<myname>/.ssh/identity type -1
debug1: identity file /Users/<myname>/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /Users/<myname>/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance!!
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Looks like something is wrong on the server side. Have a look at this (they have the same problem):
ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host -

Try connecting from a different machine and if it does not work I'd suggest ask the admin to check on the /var/ directory on the server as pointed out in the above post.

System specs: (1) 13" Macbook Aluminum Unibody (OSX 10.5.8, Darwin 9.8.0, Intel Core2 duo 2.4GHz, 2GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M) (2) Dell Inspiron 6000 (Intel Pentium M 1.8GHz, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM) -- triple booting with Puppy Linux 4.31, Kubuntu 9.10 and Windows XP Home.
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