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Unable to start sshd.service

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15



Unable to start sshd.service.
The following will be displayed:

Error : Failed to start OpenSSH Deamon


1. sshd -t
    If this works all good. If not then follow the below
2. If
"sshd -t" returns the below error follow step 3.
Error : /var/lib/empty must be owned by root and not group or world-writable
3. Please follow the below commands to change the file permissions for /var/lib/empty and /var/lib/empty/sshd
chmod 755 /var/lib/empty/sshd
chmod 755 /var/lib/empty
systemctl restart ssh



The directory /var/lib/empty and/or /var/lib/empty/sshd was configured with the wrong permission and/or ownership.


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  • Document ID:000019770
  • Creation Date: 31-Oct-2020
  • Modified Date:10-Nov-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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