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Re: [Subclipse-users] svn+ssh under windows 2003: Malformed network data

From: Zach Bailey <zach.bailey_at_hannonhill.com>
Date: 2006-08-18 16:50:47 CEST

I believe this can be caused by a MOTD or some other message displaying
upon SSH login. Also I have seen a case where out of date network
drivers caused this "malformed network data" error message to appear.

Just my $0.02...


Kris Berckmans wrote:
> Hello
> We recently migrated to our new server with windows 2003 server with SP1.
> The previous server had a windows 2000 server OS.
> When i wanted to install Openssh and subversion 1.2.3 exactly the same
> we did on the previous server, we ran into serieus problems that we have
> not yet been able to solve. This is what we did:
> - Install openssh and subversion
> - Create local user accounts for all svn users
> - generate the passwd and group file with mkgroup -l and mkpasswd -l
> - Modified the home directories of all the svn users in the passwd file
> so that it pointed to /cygdrive/e/Repositories
> - Copied the repositories from the old server to the new server.
> - Setting NTFS Security correctly
> So that should have been everything on the server side.
> When connecting with ssh in the cmd prompt on the client. We got a
> warning message that our host-key wasn't correct anymore. So we cleared
> the known_hosts file.
> This solved the ssh connection problem and we now can connect to the
> server with ssh.
> When trying to start svnserve through ssh the command was not found, so
> we added the svn and ssh bin dirs to the %PATH% variable.
> After doing so we could start svnserve trough the ssh tunnel.
> That should have been everything on the client side.
> When we tried to connect with subclipse 1.0.3 and (like before) with the
> javasvn interface.
> Doing so gives an error message "svn: malformed network data" and a
> popup message "folder "" does not exist".
> When we switched to javaHL interface, the system asks for the password a
> few times and successfully connects to the repositories.
> But we want to use javaSVN over ssh (with javaHL, we need to give our
> password 200 times a day), we:
> - searched for the error messages we got and tried all the sollutions
> found.
> - upgraded to the latest version of subversion
> - uninstalled openssh and subverion again, removed all configfiles and
> reinstalled and reconfigured everything again.
> Still we cant connect to the svn+ssh.
> Next we tried to install it the same way on a windows 2000 and a windows
> XP machine.
> On the windows 2000 machine this works perfectly, on the XP it doesn't.
> We now run the svn server without ssh and that works on our new server.
> So probably there is a problem with the ssh authentication or the
> response the client gets from the server when connecting.
> I found some forum treads telling that windows XP machines sometimes
> (not always) send wrong data back to the client resulting in the same
> error messages we got.
> But we get the message all the time.
> Has anybody had similar problems before with installing SVN+SSH under
> windows 2003 server and XP?
> Does anyone has a solution or cause for these problems?
> Many thanks
> Kris
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