ngircd refuses connection over ssh tunnel

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – This might be just a misunderstanding of how ssh tunneling works, but here goes: In my ngirgd.conf file I have the following: Ports = 6669 Listen = This ngircd server is running on HostA. I've tunneled into it using the following: wayne@HostB % ssh -N wayne@HostA -L 6669:HostA:6669 I enter my password. Then inside irssi on HostB, I do: /connect localhost 6669 And I get Looking up localhost Connecting to localhost [] port 6668 Connection to localhost established Connection lost to localhost Inside the terminal window where I launched the tunnel, I get: channe (HowTos)