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Archive for May 3rd, 2016

Latest Tumbleweed distribution update likely kills sshd

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/03

After a recent big update to OpenSuSE Tumbleweed, I could not ssh into my system any more.


The ssh client side would report a Read from socket failed: Connection reset by peer which I misinterpreted as the sshd not running at all.

Luckily the server is a VM, so I could reach the console. There I saw this:

sshd trying to load files it shouldn't

sshd trying to load files it shouldn’t

The files should not be loaded as they are not specified in the sshd_config file:

dsa and ecdsa not specified in the config file

dsa and ecdsa not specified in the config file

So I knew something was broken. After reading some messages in the I got at Bug 977812 – sshd killed by SIGSYS on client connection

The cause

As usual with such issues the cause seems a combination of factors:

And we have the culprit, I believe: together with the glibc upgrade, openssl
was updated from 1.0.2g-1.1 to 1.0.2-2.12 which brought, among others, patch

Temporary fix

A temporary fix is to comment out a line in /etc/sshd_config so you get this diff:

-UsePrivilegeSeparation sandbox # Default for new installations.
+# UsePrivilegeSeparation sandbox # Default for new installations.

Be sure to undo this as soon as you’ve received a final fix.

Final fix

A final fix is being fast-tracked so it appears in Tumbleweed soon.

I will report after deployment of [opensuse-factory] New Tumbleweed snapshot 20160502 released! as I think it contains the fix.


I already knew about openQA: Test summary which lists the builds, but not the changes in the builds.

Reading through Information Board or the like for Tumbleweed I found the openSUSE Mailinglist Archive: opensuse-factory which does the announcements and release notes for Tumbleweed.

It had both the announcement of the “big patch”, ssh bug report and temporary fix:




Posted in *nix, Communications Development, Development, Internet protocol suite, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, SSH, SuSE Linux, TCP, Tumbleweed | 2 Comments »

Mac OS X and python “ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8”

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/05/03

On Mac OS X, to solve the Python error “ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8“:

Add some lines to your ~/.bash_profile then re-start bash (or re-login):

export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8


via python – Pelican 3.3 pelican-quickstart error “ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8” – Stack Overflow.

Posted in Development, Python, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

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