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This is how I managed to get ProFTP to work. I installed it from source not with an RPM so there could be some differences.
After the installation is done edit the file /usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf and modify the following lines:
# Set the user and group under which the server will run
After that edit the file /etc/xinetd.conf and add the following (it's a basic installation but it works for me for the moment):
flags = REUSE
socket_type = stream
instances = 50
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/local/sbin/proftpd
bind = <ENTER THE HOST'S IP ADDRESS HERE>
log_on_success = HOST PID
log_on_failure = HOST RECORD
After that you can reboot your server and the deamon will start
As far as I know you need the 'bind' line with your hosts ip-address.
log_on_succes = HOST PID
log_on_failure = HOST RECORD
should be litterary in the xinetd.conf
This is how my /etc/xinetd.conf looks like, the only thing you should do is change the ip-address:
# Simple configuration file for xinetd
# Some defaults, and include /etc/xinetd.d/
Distribution: CentOS 3.3-4, OpenBSD 3.3, Fedora Core 4, Ubuntu, Novell Open Enterprise Server
Did you try scanning the local machine with NMAP?
nmap -sT localhost
perhaps it is binding to the wrong port. Did you make sure your server was configured correctly? Doublecheck that it isn't running.
ps -aux | grep *proftp*
will show listening ports on your computer. Maybe one of them will map to the ftp server.
Did you doublecheck the configuration of your server? I didn't notice you mentioning anything about looking at or even editing the configuration file. That would be the first place I would look before ever trying to start it.