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I have been able to connect to OSX machine using ssh client successfully for hours, but then it stops working and I get connection refused.

ps -ax | grep ssh
841 ttys004    0:00.00 grep ssh

Using dynamic IP and the IP is correct. I turned off and on "Remote Login", but it doesn't seem to do anything.

Does there need to be an SSH daemon running on OSX?

How to start it?

OSX 10.7.5

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If there is no session connected to OSX, there will be no sshd process. Try if this is working:

ssh localhost

If not:

systemsetup -setremotelogin on

If it works, you've got network/firewall problem.

  • Yes, ssh localhost works and I now see the sshd daemon. So now I need to figure out the network issue. Thank you. – B Seven May 2 '14 at 14:52
  • FWIW, the router is not blocking port 22. Restarting it fixed the issue. – B Seven May 2 '14 at 15:22

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