I would not suspect the hardware. My suspicion is this has something to do with SSH configuration. Is there a setting within the FreeBSD SSH configuration files that specifies disconnection of idle connections?

I didn't think my connection was idle since file transfer was occuring, but since there was no activity in the SSH terminal window, I could see how that could be taken as 'idle'; at any rate, there must be a setting that specifies number of minutes for an idle connection, and/or a way of turning off automatic idle disconnects.

A little help from the longbeards please? Arrrrrrrrrrgh!

Rishi Chopra

Wayne Sierke wrote:

On Sat, 2004-03-06 at 16:45, Rishi Chopra wrote:

I have two machines in my loft (a FreeBSD server and a Win2k box) connected via CAT5 crossover cable.

I connect to the FreeBSD machine via SSH, and use secure file transfer to upload/download from the machine.

In the last week, the FreeBSD machine has dropped my connection on 3 seperate occasions. I'll queue up some work and leave the machine unattended, only to return at a later time and find that the connection has been closed.

No one else has physical access to the area when this occurs; can anyone tell me what's going on or what I need to do in order to keep from being disconnected in the future?

Unfortunately the file transfer client portion of SSH Secure Shell is very poor at resuming queued work, so this is starting to cause me an inconvinience.

I've been having a similar problem, afaict since I moved my server to
5.2-RELEASE from 4.8-RELEASE and to a EPIA 5000 board (from a Pentium

I've not had a disconnection while I've been actively using the
connection but most connections that are left idle get disconnected
after a while (seems to be around 10 to 15 minutes). This happens
consistently at the moment from my development system which can be
running any of 5.2-RELEASE, Windows 98SE or Windows 2000 and has been
seen to occur on another couple of systems. My suspicions currently lie
with the on-board network adapter on the EPIA board using the vr driver
but I have no direct evidence to support it, other than I don't recall
ever seeing it with my old server.


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