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Old 08-13-2004, 03:50 AM   #1
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proftpd won't start


I installed ProFTPD with no problems but when I ran it it wouldn't start. To see what was wrong I ran it with the parameter -n. i got these messages: - Failed binding to port 21: Adress already in use - Check the ServerType directive to ensure you are configured corectly

But the server type is the one I want it to be. How can I make it not to be in use?

Thank you.

Last edited by Rajahuroman; 08-14-2004 at 03:31 AM.
Old 08-13-2004, 07:40 AM   #2
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I would first check the error "Failed binding to port 21: Aress already in use"... something is already running on or using port 21. Check and make sure you don't already have an ftp server running.

Cause if your using Slackware 9.1 like your profile states, it comes already installed with Proftpd and to enable it is as easy as uncommenting the correct line in /etc/inetd.conf file.
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yeah, it looks asif something else has got to port 21 first.

try netstat -p and see if you can see any services that might be running already and kill the process if there is one.
Old 08-14-2004, 01:15 AM   #4
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I checked and you're right, proftpd is already installed on Slackware 9.1.

At this point I think I should do some explaining:
My PC is inside a local network formed with one gateway an another computer. I would like to enable proftpd on both but I started with the one that is not conected to the Internet.

I enabled proftpd by uncommenting the proper line (well actually I realised it was already uncommented, this was the cause for the message I got when trying to run it again). Next I went to the other computer (the one connected to the Internet which acts as a gateway) and tried several ways to connect. First I ran mc and tried a ftp link to rajah@rajah (username@remote host). I got a "cannot chdir to /#ftp:rajah@rajah". Then I tried connecting still with the ftp link from mc but by writing rajah@ I was prompted for my password which is OK since I do have a password on this account but after giving the correct password I got an error message that said "Login incorrect for user rajah". The same happens if I try connecting with anonymous@ (I add here that I commented the lines from /etc/ftpusers that stopped anonymous acces and I also set the /etc/proftpd.conf file in such way that anonymous access is also possible.)

Next I tried connecting with another application. My choice was the ftp command. So I ran ftp, then open rajah,the computer sits for about 3 seconds thinking then pops out "rajah:Name or service unknown". If I try open then I get the message

Connected to (
421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection

What else must I do to set up the ftp server?

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