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Old 07-21-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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Creating an FTP Server on Fedora 3

ok here is my problem

My boss hass appointed me the task of creating an FTP Server on Fedora 3 linux but the bottom line is that i am totaly new to linux (but getting use to it). Ive been researching how to create an FTP Server and have seen a few way to do it but god help me i havent got a clue where to start. Ive read about alot of people saying ProFTPD is a good program to go for, and also ive discovered VsFTPD actually on the core intallation.

Ive downloaded the ProFTPD package onto my linux computer and have read that i need the GNU Compiler (Dont know how to run it) to intall it but as from there i dont know what to do ive read a few instruction pages but everything seems alittle vague. If there is anyone out there that can help or just point me in the right direction i would be greatfull.

Thanx in advance
Old 07-21-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
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Dont know about fedora but most distros come with there own set of /usr/doc ........check that out I am sure those can help you alot. If you are new to linux, most ftp servers come with anonymous logins off by default....check with your boss to see if he wants to allow that...personaly I would make sure that is commented out, but to each his own. Usually setting up a server is just a matter of uncommenting and making sure permissions on files are set up....check your docs as it is really important you know what you are doing.
Old 07-21-2005, 10:15 AM   #3
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vsftpd comes with fedora core installation...i.e. you've opted for it during installation.

the config file is located in /etc directory and called vsftpd.conf. I'm mentioning slackware linux file location which may be slightly different from fedora. You could try

# locate vsftpd.conf
If my memory serves me right, fedora turns on the the vsftpd daemon by default. You could check via this command

# ps aux | grep vsftpd
If it is not running, you could modify config file (by hand or via a gui utility...i'm sure there would be one) and start the service and test it out if it works.

You could also look at google to look for tutorials.

Old 07-21-2005, 12:42 PM   #4
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VSFTPD usually uses /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf for config on FC.
Use man vsftpd.conf for reference.
Check if its running on your system ps -Af | grep vsftpd or service vsftpd status.
Anonymous logins should be disabled by default.
Just google for vsftpd or go to for good reference.
Old 07-21-2005, 01:21 PM   #5
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the default for fedora is vsftpd. u must install the rpm "vsftpd". it will be installed by default,perhaps. check for it by using the command "rpm -q vsftpd". it will say if the package is installed. after that edit the file using the command " vi /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf". in this you have many options to configure. it depends on wat u r trying to do. u can get the manuals by typing "man vsftpd.conf" or "man ftp". also u can look into /usr/share/doc/vsftpd..".
please feel free to ask any questions in case u have any troubles. vimal...
Old 07-22-2005, 03:39 AM   #6
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thanx for all the support guys, ive took what you all said and i think ive figured it out, ive managed drag a few test files off the ftp server to my windows desktop, i cant seem to transfer them back but i think thats just all to do with permissions ect ect so its just a matter of some sligh configuring and i should be away .

thanx again


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