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Old 06-14-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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FTP server Setup and PuTTY

I'm still downloading the CentOS ISO's but I need to set up an FTP server on CentOS. It's for webhosting and I need some commands or programs or whatever for a user and password FTP system. After they upload files they need access to run certain operations and such by using PuTTY which works as a virtual server I guess. I have absolutly no knowledge of Linux and I'm in DESPERATE need of help. Please give me any links to tutorials or any personal help you can.
Old 06-15-2006, 01:48 AM   #2
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PuTTY is a ssh client. SSH uses encrypted communication, that's all there is to it.

FTP is not secure. As you want to use putty, I suppose that you also want secure ftp.
You can consider to use vsftpd on the server side. I took the instructions to set it up from Next to the ftp clients that are mentioned in the article, FileZilla (under Windows) and lftp (commandline under Linux) can be used as ftp-clients in this scenario
The site might have other info as well (i.e is a chapter about SSH). I do not use SFTP (that comes with SSHD) as it allows access to all directories on the server (so users can i.e retrieve the password file). By patching SSHD (or maybe a newer version) in combination with a proper setup you can prevent this, but vsftpd was easier (I'm a lazy person). If you don't use SFTP, disable it.

If the webserver needs to be secure (https instead of http), look at where I posted instructions that got it working on my server.

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Old 06-15-2006, 03:07 PM   #3
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It sounds like you plan to offer your users ssh access. If you are already doing this, they will be able to use the ssh connection to transfer files. A couple popular methods are sftp through a program such as Filezilla or WinSCP. If you are on another *nix box you can use a tool called scp, which is included in many distros.

SFTP will require no extra setup beyond the normal requirements of making a user that has SSH access.

If you are going to need FTP access specifically, I would suggest VSFTP.

good luck,
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If your trying to setup a server in your home and use your isp to run a web-hosting company you will be limited on how many clients you can put on it with you connection speed and bandwidth usage a lot of isp services will not allow it and as for ssh access be very careful.
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i need it for my web site and the game my team is making. Plan on sharing the source with them to make it go faster.
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If you are sharing source code, why not use cvs or perforce instead?
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It would be easier to use aCVS if you are going to have multiple people working on code so you guys don't have a mess on your hands.


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