on SSH login, get message 'Could not chdir to home directory"

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Published on 2011-03-24T07:17:28Z Indexed on 2012/09/22 3:40 UTC
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I am SSHing into a Mac OS X server running Tiger.

When I log in I get put in the root directory and shown this message:

Could not chdir to home directory : No such file or directory

My $HOME variable seems to be empty. I've googled the problem and found a mailing list thread which suggests using dscl to set up the home directory, but I've done that and the problem still persists even though now dscl correctly reports:

$ dscl . -read /users/me NFSHomeDirectory NFSHomeDirectory: /Users/me

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