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peacepanda 10-03-2012 03:05 AM

Problem installing SSH on AIX5.3
This is the history of my problem.

I want to copy one folder and its sub-directories from one AIX server to another server.So I read here that I can use rsync.

When I am executing the command
PHP Code:

rsync -aruv localfolderuser@server:destination 


I am getting following errors
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rsyncFailed to exec sshNo such file or directory (2)
rsync errorerror in IPC code (code 14at pipe.c(84) [sender=3.0.7]
rsyncconnection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes received so far) [sender]
rsync errorerror in IPC code (code 14at io.c(601) [sender=3.0.7

Which means I dont have ssh.I downloaded ssh from sourceforge but when I am trying to untar the file I am getting following error.

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tar -xvf openssh-4.5_srcpatch.tar 

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rdirectory checksum error (!= 68490

Can someone help me here with the installation procedure with step to step guide.


cliffordw 10-03-2012 04:45 AM

Hi Ajit,

I would strongly recommend that you use the binaries compiled by IBM rather than compile SSH yourself. Check out this article:



peacepanda 10-03-2012 05:13 AM

Hi Clliford,
I am new to AIX and doesnt know much about how to install softwares in AIX.Is there a step guide which I can follow and use to install a software which in my case SSH on one of my servers.


cliffordw 10-03-2012 08:19 AM

Hi there,

First download OpenSSH and OpenSSL files from

Once you have done this, transfer (FTP) them to a new directory on AIX (in binary mode). Then unpack them on AIX by running:

zcat openssl- | tar -xvf -
zcat OpenSSH_5.8.0.6102.tar.Z | tar -xvf -

Once this is done, run "smitty install_latest", pick the filesets to install, accept the license agreements, and run.

That should do the trick!

scheerchrs 10-10-2012 04:01 PM

Also, remember that rsync to be password authentication automated will require crypt key exchange between the servers' you're rsyncing.

AIX is a different animal when it comes to package installations; I have always found going through smitty to be the more stable method of software package installation. IBM AIX uses a very similar concept to the MS key registry, called an ODM database, that makes it both more complex to manage and more stable/less corruptable "by accident". AIX is not as "clean" a distro as redhat, snoracle solaris, other distros. IBM re-wrote a lot of BSD base system calls and customized unix to a great degree. (But it's not impossible, or even that steep of a learning curve, to go from, say, RedHat to AIX, or Solaris to AIX...)

If you google "rsync backup" you'll find a plethora of good "how to's" on setting up ssh and rsync quickly and efficiently; I use it as the preferred method of copying local filesyestems (such as /home) between sysmirror / HACMP / PowerHA cluster members (Which HACMP does NOT do).

peacepanda 10-11-2012 01:42 AM

Thanks all for your responses.All your suggestions have been quite helpful.

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