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  • SSH Error: Starting sshd: Missing privilege separation directory: /var/empty/sshd

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    Problem Statement

    Could not connect to Linux machine through SSH.

    Error Message

    While starting the service, it will look for the symlink (softlink) to the 'localtime' and if it is unable to find then will result in the following error message.

    Error: Starting sshd: Missing privilege separation directory: /var/empty/sshd

    Solution

    We had accessed this Linux machine from console and fired following commands to fix this issue.

    mkdir /var/empty/sshd/etc
    cd /var/empty/sshd/etc
    ln -s /etc/localtime localtime
    Last edited by admin; 07-31-2015, 09:12 AM.
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