IRIX 5.3 permanently_set_uid problem

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Wed Sep 24 20:08:11 EST 2003

Peter Wood wrote:
> I have tried running OpenSSH 3.7.1p2 on an Indy running IRIX 5.3.  It
> compiled and installed without any problems.
> However, I get the fatal error, which originates from uidswap.c in
> function permanently_set_uid():
>     fatal: permanently_set_uid: was able to restore old [e]uid

Looks like IRIX 5 needs the same defines IRIX 6 does.  I've just added

> It seems to be a problem with IRIX 5.3 rather than OpenSSH.  I have
> searched for possible patches for IRIX 5.3, but haven't found anything
> likely yet.
> Any suggestions?

See here:

You need to add those #defines to config.h and recompile, or try
tomorrow's snapshot.

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