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Old 05-20-2004, 12:47 AM   #1
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help explaining proftpd.conf file

I've been following ever so studiously a manual on setting up proftp here's what I got: this is the proftpd.conf file

ServerName "ProFTPD Default Installation"
ServerIdent on "FTP Server ready."
ServerType standalone
DefaultServer on
Port 21
Umask 022
MaxInstances 30
User nobody
Group nobody
DisplayConnect /etc/proftpd.welcome
DisplayLogin welcome.msg
DisplayFirstChdir .message

<Limit LOGIN>
Order allow,deny
Allow from 192.168.2.
Deny from all

IgnoreHidden on

<Directory /*>
AllowOverwrite on

<Anonymous ~dummy>
User dummy
Group dummy
AnonRequirePassword off
MaxClients 10

# Limit WRITE everywhere in the anonymous chroot
<Limit WRITE>


I can make this work either with only download permissions or with full control permissions, obviously I don't want the users to have full control but I would like them to have a single folder that they can upload to.
I couldn't find anywhere how to set this up properly, plus I would like to have a centralized root folder for all users not have each user with their own home folder. I'm not sure if this is making any sense but hopefully someone out there may be able to help me.

If you need more info let me know and I'll see what I can do.

thanks in advance

Old 05-23-2004, 08:34 AM   #2
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The Proftpd User's Guide is no help?
Old 05-24-2004, 11:40 PM   #3
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I read thru parts of it and it doesn't seem very clear to me what does what

like how helpful is this
Config file
Do you know where the daemon is expecting to find the config file? If not check now, the two most likely places are /usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf and /etc/proftpd.conf. The compile time default as shipped with the bare source is the former however the latter is the the default for many of the packaged versions of ProFTPD.

sure it's a good thing to know but what lines do I put where and what do they do is my question.
Old 05-25-2004, 06:25 AM   #4
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Have you looked at the config file? Files like this usually have comments explaining what each setting does. And what use is this manual you've been following if it doesn't explain anything about the settings in question? Not much of a "manual", then, is it? Where did you find it? Link, please (so we can warn others).

Have you ever run an FTP server before? It doesn't sound like you have. The internal documentation for pretty much any FTP server program (Linux or Windows) will give you the basic idea of what the configuration for your particular application says, as all FTP server programs all have to do the same general operations to do their job properly. Did you check to see if ProFTPD installed any docs in /usr/share/docs?

Here are some tutorials about how to run an FTP server:

Quick HOWTO: Linux FTP Server Setup

Linux: Proftpd: Basic Server Configuration

WU-FTPD Configuration File Examples

PC Plus - Tutorials - Linux and broadband: running an FTP sever

Use VSFTP for a secure, reliable FTP server | FTP Server FAQ

Good luck.
Old 05-25-2004, 02:31 PM   #5
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thanks motub
Old 06-14-2004, 09:08 AM   #6
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Hi sorry I had to remove this

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