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Old 06-10-2002, 04:18 PM   #1
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recommend a good easy to use FTP server

it's kind of hard to update my website when i don't have FTP on Linux computer (i make webpages with Dream Weaver on Windows) so i have to get on the Linux computer then get the files off the FTP on my Windows server right now......just tell me the name of an easy to use FTP server for Linux and provide a link please. thank you
Old 06-10-2002, 04:39 PM   #2
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I like using proftpd which comes with most distro's.

Here is the link master
Old 06-10-2002, 06:19 PM   #3
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holy crap that thing is not easy to use at all. it makes the same named config file in like 3 different places (ftpconfig.conf) and it doesn't say how to add user accounts (such as the one to upload files into html directory) and it also doesn't say which directory is the anonymouse directory or how to set it

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Old 06-10-2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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If you used the default install, everything you should need should be in '/etc/proftpd.conf'. The anonymous account is in there. You can create other accounts by using the 'directory' directive like you would do in apache.

The following is a list of directives that are valid in '/etc/proftpd.conf'. ProFTPD Directives

Other than that. It runs your users off their shell accounts. It's really not that hard. You'll feel better if you get a little familar with it.

I just used the default install, and then I login under my username where my www files are located. It just works.

Good Luck.


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Old 06-10-2002, 07:33 PM   #5
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I've used Proftpd for the past year... hated every day I had to go make a change to a user or configuration or add a user... nver worked like the web documentation claimed.

Today I just installed Pure-FTPd... I was blown away from how easy it was to install, setup, and add virtual users with (i hate using system users for ftp).

Pure-FTPd Website

There are two ways to install and get running with it... actually three if you count using an .rpm binary. One is quick n simple, the other allows you to limit the stuff installed with more control.

Only issue I am having at the moment, is getting my damnedable firewall to get the ports correct for passive modes. Heh... but that exists for ANY ftp server I would install.
Old 06-12-2002, 05:33 AM   #6
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Like you I also was looking for a good ftp daemon, but at first I didn't know what to base my decision on. I knew what I wanted, but not what was offered.

Take a look at and you will get a small description of a LOT of ftp servers.

I chose to use vsftpd. It's secure and easy to configure. I just copied the manpage into a file, formatted it as a shell script and one by one filled in all configuration options. Piece o'cake.
Old 06-18-2002, 10:53 AM   #7
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ncftpd is a very good ftp-server. proftpd didn't work for me totally so I tried ncftpd and it worked perfectly.


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Old 06-18-2002, 06:12 PM   #8
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I used WebMin to alter my proftpd.conf (why did I do that?), and it messed up my conf file... Now ProFTPd starts, but acts all weird. Does not allow logins as "anonymous" (even though the UserAlias is clearly defined) and does not let regular system UNIX users in at all...
Old 06-20-2002, 06:48 AM   #9
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wuftpd is great, i have not used any others though, but this one works has all the functionality I need and has 1st class community support.
Old 06-21-2002, 12:16 AM   #10
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I really like ftp4all ( it's easy (if you know enought about unix command like chmod, chown) it come with a nice "newbie how to" files and it lets you set more permission over Linux permission (so you have 2 "permissions".... the first one set by the ftp and the second one set by linux... you can also set permission on fat32 fs... useful! )


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