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  • Problems with ssh 'ing to IBM i using 10 character Userid

    I would like to preface my problem by stating my userid on our IBM i is 10 characters and my password is longer than 8 characters (I think 1 if not both of these is the problem).

    I attempt to log into the IBM i using ssh (using Git Bash) with the following command (added logging option):

    ssh -vT server.ip.address

    When I enter the correct password, I continue to get "Permission denied". After working with someone who can connect via ssh, they suggested my userid may be too long. So I created a profile with 8 characters and I was able to log in just fine.

    What configuration file (path included) do I need to update to allow 10 character userid's?




  • #2
    This deals with user names but you might find some related help here: https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docvi...d=nas8N1011847

    I recently asked the same question of an IBMer and was told the 8 character limit was still in place but a google search indicates that for AIX (which is what PASE effectively is) there are ways to increase the length.

    My best suggestions is to raise the question with IBM support.

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    • #3
      FWIW, I still follow the old recommendation of no user profiles longer than 8.

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      • #4
        Jon's link tells you exactly how to allow userids longer than 8 characters. All you have to do is set the PASE_USRGRP_LIMITED variable, just like it describes.

        I've been doing this for many years now, it works great.

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        • #5
          Thanks JonBoy and Scott.

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