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i think your mistaking sftp and proftpd... sftp isn't setting up a ftp server on your box like proftpd, its kind of like you ftping to another box to upload or download files... from the command line.
like if instead of just typing ftphostname, sftp is more secure than the traditional way.
Hmm alright let me explain my situation. I run a web server from a linux box with apache, and I would like a secure way for others to login to the linux box to upload and download their web page files. The way I understand is, proftpd is a standard ftp client with no encryption, and sftp-server (part of the sshd daemon), can act as a secure ftp server. Is this correct? And if so, how can I set it up? Sorry for the confusion.
Guys.......I got it to work!
I downloaded PSFTP on my win machine and ftped over to my linux server.....that was too easy. BTW, the sftp-server apparently does not require proftpd at all. It seems to run by itself. I have one final question. If my users sftp to my linux box, are they "jailed" in their current folder? I'm sort of worried about that. Thanks again.
I've tested sftp using WinSCP (which is a rather nice tool). When you run this sftp client you can drill down out of the jail area you've set up for your user. I'm running into the same problem...except I'm intending to set up a guest user that's jailed. My guest's can simply go anywhere they wish on the box. Not sure how to control....