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c0c0deuz 03-14-2003 08:57 AM

500 OOPS: unrecognised variable in config file
Installing vsftpd on my RH8, i have got this message trying to use virual users...
Looking at previous posts, i check for an open wuftpd but i dont see it at all. I check the processes and no active process forwu-ftpd.
How can i diagnose this problem?
1st: Is it in vsftpd.conf file, the unrecognised variable
2nd: Is there a way to locate the line where is that variable.

Crashed_Again 03-14-2003 10:09 AM

I'm assuming that you get this message when you try and start the vsftpd service right? If so, then it is almost definetly a problem in your vsftpd.conf file. You may want to post it so we can have a look if you can't figure out what the problem is.

c0c0deuz 03-17-2003 01:06 PM

Here it is...

ftpd_banner=Welcome if invited!!!

SlickWilly 03-17-2003 02:08 PM

I don't have vsftp but the error message is complaining about one of the variables you're setting there being something it doesn't understand.

A brief perusal of that file shows :


which looks out of place - because all the *other* lines use an underscore instead of a dash.

I'd bet this slice of apple-pie with cream on my desk that this is your problem.

Try changing the - to a _ and see if that helps. If not, read up on the vsftp config file, look at the variables they list, and compare them to yours. :)


c0c0deuz 03-18-2003 08:17 AM

Well i just changed it and it still give my that code when i launch the service...
Is there a way to find out where it fails in the script?

c0c0deuz 03-18-2003 08:36 AM

Got it!

should read:


SlickWilly 03-18-2003 10:57 AM

Woot :)

You win! To where shall I mail your apple pie?

c0c0deuz 03-25-2003 10:22 AM

I have an other 500: OOPS unrecognised variable in config file

This is after trying to had two type of virtual users: one that can upload and download (User1)and the other that can only download(User2).

I did used a other post for that same question but a tought it would by more adequate to continue on that tread that have the correct subject:

Here is the added lines that i put in vsftpd.conf:
echo "anon_world_readable_only=NO">/etc/vsftpd_user_conf/User2

the last line give me the unrecognised variable after starting the demon.

The question is:
Do i have to create user2 first? since they are virtual users i tought that the only user i had to create was 'vitrual'

Also, question 2 is:
Do i have to point to the directory /etc/vsftpd_user_conf for the user some how?


SlickWilly 03-25-2003 10:39 AM

Um.. yeah,

that line - the echo line, is a one-time deal. Just do the echo from the command line and your user is set up.

You don't need it in your conf file - the program is attempting to parse the conf file and barfing when it hits that line - it doesn't know what to do with it.

The echo command will create a file - called User2 - in /etc/vsftpd_user_conf the contents of which will be 'anon_world_readable_only=NO'

When your ftp program hits the line :


in your conf file it knows it should be doing per user checking, and looks in that directory for your user settings (which you just made using the echo).

So.. take the 'echo' line out of your config file, and you'll be fine.


c0c0deuz 03-26-2003 08:29 AM

you were right again!

Now, the ftp is working fine.
I understand that the config for individual vuser are shoved in the vsftpd_user_conf directory,
is it possible to give to the vuser that have upload and download rights the access to a directory within the ftpsite that wouldn't be visible the the vuser with download right only?
And if so, how?
Many thanks

cmnorton 04-05-2007 06:09 PM

vsftpd failure
I am getting this error:

/usr/sbin/vsftpd vsftpd
500 OOPS: missing value in config file for: ELF

on Fedora 6. I rebooted after downloading an Evolution update. After that vsftpd woul;d not run. Would someone be willing to look at my vsftpd.conf?


Here is vtpd.conf:

# Example config file /etc/vsftpd.conf
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
# capabilities.
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).
# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
# new directories.
# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
# go into a certain directory.
# Activate logging of uploads/downloads.
# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
# a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not
# recommended!
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
# however, may confuse older FTP clients.
# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# Beware that turning on ascii_download_enable enables malicious remote parties
# to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in
# ASCII mode.
# These ASCII options are split into upload and download because you may wish
# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),
# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be
# on the client anyway..
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
#ftpd_banner=Welcome to blah FTP service.
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
# (default follows)
# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
# users to NOT chroot().
# (default follows)
# You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume
# the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.

#enable for standalone mode

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