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I had the same problem as ssh connection to server closed after authentication immediately I connected to my server (in this case a raspberry pi running pi musicbox) via ssh, it would accept my password and then instantly close the connection--long before I might have followed one suggestion to hit ^C.

I am posting this duplicate of that question because I managed to solve my problem, but I am new to this site and don't have 10 rep from this site to post on a "protected" question (despite my "association" bonus of 100 rep based on other stackexchange sites). You can see me whine about this here, where @slm made the constructive suggestion that I submit my own question and answer.

For a bit more context, the default login on the pi musicbox is root; I created another personal login to store my music so that I wouldn't always be logging in as root. I did this with the command:

useradd -c "Joe Schmo" -d /home/jschmo jschmo
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The problem was that I had created a new user but had not created a home directory. SSH closed the connection immediately, but logging in locally gave me a message saying that the home directory did not exist. I tried to create the directory manually with mkdir /home/jschmo running as root, but that ran into permission problems.

I deleted the user and ran the adduser command again using the -m flag to create the home directory.

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