I had to unistall fail2ban because I delited the wrong file. I reinstalled. when i got to the place were I was to create the file jail.local, i copied the the file from your install, pasted it to word. added my ip address for my laptop. then pasted it in the new file jail.local. when I restarted the program I got this error. HTML: server1:~# vi /etc/fail2ban/jail.local server1:~# /etc/init.d/fail2ban restart Restarting authentication failure monitor: fail2banTraceback (most recent call l ast): File "/usr/bin/fail2ban-client", line 333, in ? if client.start(sys.argv): File "/usr/bin/fail2ban-client", line 311, in start return self.__processCommand(args) File "/usr/bin/fail2ban-client", line 175, in __processCommand self.__readConfig() File "/usr/bin/fail2ban-client", line 315, in __readConfig self.__configurator.readAll() File "/usr/share/fail2ban/client/configurator.py", line 56, in readAll self.__jails.read() File "/usr/share/fail2ban/client/jailsreader.py", line 41, in read ConfigReader.read(self, "jail") File "/usr/share/fail2ban/client/configreader.py", line 57, in read SafeConfigParser.read(self, [bConf, bLocal]) File "/usr/lib/python2.4/ConfigParser.py", line 267, in read self._read(fp, filename) File "/usr/lib/python2.4/ConfigParser.py", line 462, in _read raise MissingSectionHeaderError(fpname, lineno, line) ConfigParser.MissingSectionHeaderError: File contains no section headers. file: /etc/fail2ban/jail.local, line: 4 'ignoreip = 127.0.0.1 192.168.1.101\n' failed! What dose this all mean. It sounded like all I had to change was to add my ip to the ignoreip line.