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Starting sshd: /etc/ssh/sshd_config line 371: too many allow users

If you get the following error when trying to start sshd:

Starting sshd: /etc/ssh/sshd_config line 371: too many allow users

that means that there are too many "AllowUsers" lines in the file.

What you can do, is remove *all* AllowUsers lines from the /etc/ssh/sshd_config, edit /usr/local/directadmin/conf/directadmin.conf.


Save/exit, restart DirectAdmin.


touch /etc/ssh/sshd_config.plecibo

and then just double check one more time that there are *no* AllowUsers lines in your /etc/ssh/sshd_conf file.

Restart sshd.

What this will do is have DA add/remove users to a file that is a plecibo, which doesn't have any effect.
As long as there are no AllowUsers lines in the main /etc/ssh/sshd_config file, then all users are allowed to connect.   If one or more AllowUsers lines are present in the main sshd_config file, then only those, hence the importance to not have any show up.  Make fully sure you've restarted DA before leaving the system alone, else you migh allow ssh to 1 user, thus blocking root or any other user ssh access.

Note that the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file can be edited from within the Admin Level -> File Editor, so don't fret if you mess it up.  You can fix it through DA.

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