After sending shutdown command, ssh session doesn't terminate

Whenever I send the command to turn off or restart my Debian servers, my shell is left hanging and unresponsive (can’t type any commands).

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Performing the same action in Ubuntu results in the session gracefully closing so I don’t have a tied-up terminal left hanging there. Is there a package I need to install or a configuration change to be made so that I can get this same behaviour on Debian?

Asked By: Programster


Looks like that’s a systemd issue currently tracked under bug #751636.

When the host is shut down or restarted, systemd might shut down the network before it kills the ssh session.

There are a couple of solutions provided but nothing concrete:

  1. Using acpid/acpi-support-base to handle the power events & add the following to the /etc/acpi/

    -       # Normal handling.
    -       /sbin/shutdown -h -P now "Power button pressed"
    +       if [ -x /bin/systemctl ] ; then
    +           echo "nPower button pressednThe system is going down for system halt NOW!" |
    +            /usr/bin/wall -n
    +           /bin/systemctl --force poweroff
    +       else
    +           # Normal handling.
    +           /sbin/shutdown -h -P now "Power button pressed"
    +       fi

    and then make aliases in your ~/.bashrc:

    alias reboot='echo "The system is going down for system reboot NOW!" |
    /usr/bin/wall -n ; /bin/systemctl --force reboot'
    alias poweroff='echo "The system is going down for system halt NOW!" |
    /usr/bin/wall -n ; /bin/systemctl --force poweroff'
  2. Creating /etc/systemd/system/ssh-user-sessions.service with the following in it:

    Description=Shutdown all ssh sessions before network
    ExecStop=/usr/bin/killall sshd
Answered By: neuron

This worked for me:

apt-get install libpam-systemd dbus

Also make sure that you have UsePAM yes in your ssh config.

grep -i UsePAM /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Unfortunately, you need to reboot for the solution to take effect…

Detailed explanations on serverfault.

Answered By: mivk
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