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I updated the openssh package to version 5.9p2 from source so I can use conditional statements. Running CentOS 5.6 x86.

OpenSSH_5.9p2, OpenSSL 0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 01 Jul 2008

The problem even though ssh -v shows the correct version, when I modify /etc/ssh/sshd_config directives don't seem to take effect. I can even type incorrect syntax in the sshd_config file, just utter gibberish, and when I do service sshd restart I don't see the syntax errors listed.

Am I missing something here?

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When you compiled OpenSSH and make install, where did the binaries go ? Are you sure you are calling the one that you compiled ? updatedb then locate sshd and locate sshd_config. If you didn't pay enough attention to configure options, it could be using the config file from somewhere else (i.e. /usr/local/sshd/etc). – Torian Sep 7 '11 at 1:53
Yeah when I compiled I did: ./configure --prefix=/usr && make && make install should I change that too: ./configure --prefix=/etc && make && make install – Justin Sep 7 '11 at 1:57
Rebuild using the correct --prefix or other configure variables so it is in the normal location. – polynomial Sep 7 '11 at 2:01
up vote 4 down vote accepted

When you configure using only --prefix=/usr, it meant that everything got installed into /usr (binaries, configuration, etc.)

If you like to compile things, it is a good practice to always read configure --help first. It will give you hints on how defaults are setup.

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After about 8 tries (sigh), I think this the right configure syntax to override the default CentOS openssh. ./configure --exec-prefix= --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc/ssh && make && make install – Justin Sep 7 '11 at 3:05

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