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Old 11-08-2005, 04:02 AM   #1
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VSFTPD can't access files

I am trying to set up an ftp server on my Debain Sarge box. I installed vsftpd using apt-get.

If I try "ftp", which is my machine, I can login and list all the files in my home directory. I can also download and uplaod files.

However, If I try "ftp", which is the IP address of my machine on the Internet, I can login but I can't get a listing of the directory contents. If I try the ls command, the connection appears to hang.

My router forwards ports 20 and 21, and my firewall allows inbound connections on these ports as well. I am assuming that the problem is with my firewall, seeing as I can use the ftp server on my local machine.

Any help would be appreciated
Old 11-08-2005, 11:35 PM   #2
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I know it's not a solution, but give proftpd a try. It's really good, and even M$ clients will work (MS IE).
Old 11-09-2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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What do you see in the vsftp log which you should find under var/log/vsftp.log. And which kernal are you using? Do you have SELinux installed?
Old 11-10-2005, 12:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replys.

I have installed proftpd, but I get the same problem.

Old 11-14-2005, 09:51 AM   #5
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It sounds like a firewall problem. There are 2 methods of establishing a ftp connection(active and passive). Passive uses random ports and could get dropped by your firewall, maybe you can try an active ftp session.


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