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I have a new MacBook Air and have used Migration Assistant to transfer content to duplicate my old Mac. When I'm trying to connect to my server via SSH, I get "permission denied", even though I know I'm typing the right password. My old Mac is sold and gone so I can't try with the old one.

My server is running Ubuntu, and I'm using this command in the Terminal on my Mac.

ssh user@ip-address

This is what I get when typing ssh -v

bash-3.2# ssh -v gill@xxxxxxxxx
OpenSSH_5.6p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8r 8 Feb 2011
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to xxxxxxxx [xxxxxxxx] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: permanently_set_uid: 0/0
debug1: identity file /var/root/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /var/root/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /var/root/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /var/root/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1
debug1: match: OpenSSH_5.9p1 Debian-5ubuntu1 pat OpenSSH*
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.6
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST(1024<1024<8192) sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_GROUP
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_INIT sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY
debug1: Host 'xxxxxxxx' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /var/root/.ssh/known_hosts:1
debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: Roaming not allowed by server
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Trying private key: /var/root/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Trying private key: /var/root/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Next authentication method: password
gill@xxxxxxx's password: 
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password
Permission denied, please try again.
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this is what I get when typing ssh -v – Morten Johansen Jul 24 '12 at 18:49
I agree that everything on the client end looks okay up until password authentication. With the exception of a few differences WRT key locations, my output is the same. I hate to ask the obvious... – ephsmith Jul 24 '12 at 22:44

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