ssh – fix long login times – disable Kerberos

If ssh logins are taking a long time (but are ultimately successful), it may be because Kerberos (gssapi) is being attempted as an authentication method, and the destination is incorrectly configured (often seems to be CentOS or RHEL):

% ssh -v foo
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,gssapi-with-mic,password

Quick fix: disable Kerberos on the client:

% cat ~/.ssh/config
GSSAPIAuthentication no

Of course the problem could also be DNS or other network issues. Thanks to Waiting for SSH login prompt.


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