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Starting ssh-certd fails with error "Could not open listener for the validation server", what is wrong?

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To answer your question:

In certain circumstances starting ssh-certd fails with fatal error "Could not open listener for the validation server". To resolve the issue, remove the existing listener socket file manually.

for example when ssh-certd process is unexpectedly or forcefully terminated, the validation server's listener socket file may not get removed automatically. Consequently attempts to (re)start ssh-certd will produce error message like:

# /etc/init.d/ssh-certd start
Starting ssh-certd: ssh-certd[829]: WARNING: Can not bind local address /var/run/ssh-certd-listener: Address already in use
ssh-certd[829]: FATAL: Could not open listener for the validation server
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answered Dec 15 '10 at 13:48

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edited Dec 21 '10 at 09:43

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