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I have an Ubuntu 12.04 laptop that is taking so long to connect to various servers (in different data centres) that it seems like a bit of a lottery whether I'll actually get a connection. If I connect to the servers between themselves it's instantaneous, and I've set

UseDNS no
AddressFamily inet

On the servers I'm connecting to (and rebooted for good measure). I also put in the reverse DNS+IP of the cable connection I'm connecting from. If I connect from the laptop via telnet:

telnet my.server 22

Then the connection is also instantaneous, so it doesn't appear to be a problem with an intervening firewall. I have the same behaviour whether I connect with the IP, a short name in my hosts or the FQDN. I'm connecting with a 50mbps (cable, sync) connection so that doesn't appear to be the problem, and when I do finally get a connection then it's a good, quick, stable one. I have tried listening on another port (8000) and that makes no difference. Web and other connections from the laptop to the machine are also very good.

If I increase logging then I get the following before it hangs:

$ ssh -vvv flip
OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1.1, OpenSSL 1.0.1 14 Mar 2012
debug1: Reading configuration data /home/anton/.ssh/config
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 19: Applying options for *
debug2: ssh_connect: needpriv 0
debug1: Connecting to flip [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug3: Incorrect RSA1 identifier
debug3: Could not load "/home/anton/.ssh/id_rsa" as a RSA1 public key
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
debug1: Checking blacklist file /usr/share/ssh/blacklist.RSA-2048
debug1: Checking blacklist file /etc/ssh/blacklist.RSA-2048
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_ecdsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/anton/.ssh/id_ecdsa-cert type -1

It's hanging on the server between the following two lines:

Nov  6 13:51:57 srv sshd[18472]: Connection from XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX port 51099
Nov  6 13:53:03 srv sshd[18472]: debug1: Client protocol version 2.0; client software version OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1.1

It's a least quicker than yesterday though!

Does anyone have any ideas here?

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Check the debug logs on the server. –  Michael Hampton Nov 5 '13 at 22:12
Run strace -t -o /tmp/ssh.trace ssh my.server and look for the syscalls that appear to have large time gaps. My guess is that it is DNS related. –  Fred the Magic Wonder Dog Nov 8 '13 at 16:39
Unfortunately, I can no longer test as the behaviour has completely disappeared now that I am back home... I will try and get my friend to test (from his house where it happened). Just on the off chance my tin-hat might not be on properly - I was making a connection from Ireland to France, is it outside the realms of possibility that an intervening node was trying to snoop? –  AntonOfTheWoods Nov 12 '13 at 19:57

1 Answer 1

Just to rule out DNS you can try connecting directly to the IP

Have you checked the GSSAPIAuthentication in your ssh_config?

try setting it to:

GSSAPIAuthentication no

In your /etc/ssh/ssh_config

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Connecting to the IP won't rule out reverse DNS lookup. Check this solution (or this one) for DNS issues. If it doesn't help, see other suggestions. –  Skippy le Grand Gourou May 19 at 11:40

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