FreeBSD: Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key

If you get the error when restarting ssh or in syslog, after an upgrade from FreeBSD 8.x to 9.0:

/etc/rc.d/sshd restart
Stopping sshd.
Waiting for PIDS: 188
Starting sshd.
Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key

You get this error as you need to create ecdsa key with the following command:

ssh-keygen -t ecdsa -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key -N ”

Just run the above command as root and restarting sshd will resolve it.


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Unix/IRCD Shell Servers – Scheduled Maintenance – OS Upgrade

We will be upgrading all our shell servers to FreeBSD 9.0 in the next few days, we cannot give exact time but we will start working on upgradation from today itself, so you might notice a few reboots in the next few days, we expect all servers to be upgraded within next 7-10 days. We have to upgrade our servers to make sure all servers are secure and upto date to support the newest software available.

We don’t expect downtime of more then few minutes per server as we just need to reboot the server once to complete the upgrade.

All your data should stay intact during the upgrade, but still just to be safe we would suggest that you please take backups of your data as sometimes things do go wrong during upgrades.

All your bots should run fine after the upgrade, but sometimes some libraries etc.. are changed so your bot or bnc or ircd might give some library errors, if you get any such error after the upgrade then please recompile your bot/bnc/ircd to fix it, if you need any assistance with it after the upgrade, please feel free to open a support ticket with us.

As and when we will upgrade/reboot servers we will post about it on so please follow us on twitter to stay updated

Thanks for your continuous business

Sh3lls Limited

P.S: We have already emailed about it to all the clients so please do check your email

Sh3lls – Network Maintenance

We are going to have a network maintenance today at our Chicago Datacentre, following servers will be affected and might go down for upto 20 minutes.

Windows VPS Server
Linux VPS 1

Thanks for your continued business

Sh3lls Limited

Domain Price not increased at Sh3lls

As most of the people who own a website or domain must be aware that recently Verisign has increased the price for some the domain TLD including .com due to which most of the domain registrars have increased the domain price by upto 1 USD per year per domain, but we at Sh3lls are not increasing the domain price and will try to keep the same price as long as possible, so if you would like to take the advantage of it go ahead and register/renew your domain names now only at, we still sell .com domains for 9.99$ per year and not only this you can get the domain for free if you order any of our unmetered web hosting packages.

Thanks to all our loyal clients.

Support will be slow/interrupted tomm due to holiday in India

We at Sh3lls strive to give the best possible support and service to all our clients, but we have to even consider the social life and benefits of our staff.

As you all know that we offer 24/7 support with the exception of festivals/holidays in India. Tomorrow i.e. 8th March it’s Holi Festival in India due to which support will be slow, we have worked out the following schedule with our techs for tomorrow:

Live chat Support will not be available during the following time on 8th and 9th March, Live support will be available at all other times:

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – 8th March

5:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 8th March

2:00 AM to 6:00 AM – 9th March

Normal Support will resume after 6:00 AM – 9th March.

All above time and dates are in IST and IST = GMT + 5:30 hours