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Old 10-25-2009, 04:58 PM   #1
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Proftpd fails to start

I am very new to all this and the wrong side of fifty so it's all a bit of a struggle. I am trying to set up an Apache web server using Fedora 10. So far I have had little problem with the initial setup, I have installed PHP and MySql using Webmin. However, I cannot fathom where I am going wrong with the FTP server setup. I think it must be a config issue, but frankly I don't know what the problem is.

This is the ProFTPD configuration, can anyone shed light on my problem?

# This is the ProFTPD configuration file
# See:

# Server Config - config used for anything outside a <VirtualHost> or <Global> context
# See:

ServerName "Apache Server"
ServerIdent on "FTP Server ready."
ServerAdmin root@localhost
DefaultServer on

# Cause every FTP user except adm to be chrooted into their home directory
# Aliasing /etc/security/pam_env.conf into the chroot allows pam_env to
# work at session-end time (
VRootEngine on
DefaultRoot ~/bnu
VRootAlias etc/security/pam_env.conf /etc/security/pam_env.conf

Use pam to authenticate (default) and be authoritative
AuthPAMConfig proftpd
AuthOrder mod_auth_pam.c* mod_auth_unix.c
# If you use NIS/YP/LDAP you may need to disable PersistentPasswd
#PersistentPasswd off

# Don't do reverse DNS lookups (hangs on DNS problems)
UseReverseDNS off

# Set the user and group that the server runs as
User nobody
Group nobody

# To prevent DoS attacks, set the maximum number of child processes
# to 20. If you need to allow more than 20 concurrent connections
# at once, simply increase this value. Note that this ONLY works
# in standalone mode; in inetd mode you should use an inetd server
# that allows you to limit maximum number of processes per service
# (such as xinetd)
MaxInstances 20

# Disable sendfile by default since it breaks displaying the download speeds in
# ftptop and ftpwho
UseSendfile off

# Define the log formats
LogFormat default "%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %s %b"
LogFormat auth "%v [%P] %h %t \"%r\" %s"

# Dynamic Shared Object (DSO) loading
# See README.DSO and howto/DSO.html for more details
# General database support (
# LoadModule mod_sql.c
# Mysql support (requires proftpd-mysql package)
# (
# LoadModule mod_sql_mysql.c
# Postgresql support (requires proftpd-postgresql package)
# (
# LoadModule mod_sql_postgres.c
# Quota support (
# LoadModule mod_quotatab.c
# File-specific "driver" for storing quota table information in files
# (
# LoadModule mod_quotatab_file.c
# SQL database "driver" for storing quota table information in SQL tables
# (
# LoadModule mod_quotatab_sql.c
# LDAP support (requires proftpd-ldap package)
# (
# LoadModule mod_ldap.c
# LDAP quota support (requires proftpd-ldap package)
# (
# LoadModule mod_quotatab_ldap.c
# Support for authenticating users using the RADIUS protocol
# (
# LoadModule mod_radius.c
# Retrieve quota limit table information from a RADIUS server
# (
# LoadModule mod_quotatab_radius.c
# Administrative control actions for the ftpdctl program
# (
# LoadModule mod_ctrls_admin.c
# Execute external programs or scripts at various points in the process
# of handling FTP commands
# (
# LoadModule mod_exec.c
# Support for POSIX ACLs
# (
# LoadModule mod_facl.c
# Configure server availability based on system load
# (
# LoadModule mod_load.c
# Limit downloads to a multiple of upload volume (see README.ratio)
# LoadModule mod_ratio.c
# Rewrite FTP commands sent by clients on-the-fly,
# using regular expression matching and substitution
# (
# LoadModule mod_rewrite.c
# Support for miscellaneous SITE commands such as SITE MKDIR, SITE SYMLINK,
# and SITE UTIME (
# LoadModule mod_site_misc.c
Use the /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny files, or other allow/deny files, for IP-based access control (
LoadModule mod_wrap.c
# Use the /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny files, or other allow/deny
# files, as well as SQL-based access rules, for IP-based access control
# (
# LoadModule mod_wrap2.c
# Support module for mod_wrap2 that handles access rules stored in specially
# formatted files on disk
# (
# LoadModule mod_wrap2_file.c
# Support module for mod_wrap2 that handles access rules stored in SQL
# database tables (
# LoadModule mod_wrap2_sql.c
# Provide a flexible way of specifying that certain configuration directives
# only apply to certain sessions, based on credentials such as connection
# class, user, or group membership
# (
# LoadModule mod_ifsession.c

# TLS (
<IfDefine TLS>
TLSEngine on
TLSRequired on
TLSRSACertificateFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/proftpd.pem
TLSRSACertificateKeyFile /etc/pki/tls/certs/proftpd.pem
TLSCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!DES
TLSOptions NoCertRequest
TLSVerifyClient off
#TLSRenegotiate ctrl 3600 data 512000 required off timeout 300
TLSLog /var/log/proftpd/tls.log

# Dynamic ban lists (
# Enable this with PROFTPD_OPTIONS=-DDYNAMIC_BAN_LISTS in /etc/sysconfig/proftpd
LoadModule mod_ban.c
BanEngine on
BanLog /var/log/proftpd/ban.log
BanTable /var/run/proftpd/

# If the same client reaches the MaxLoginAttempts limit 2 times
# within 10 minutes, automatically add a ban for that client that
# will expire after one hour.
BanOnEvent MaxLoginAttempts 2/00:10:00 01:00:00

# Allow the FTP admin to manually add/remove bans
BanControlsACLs all allow user ftpadm

# Global Config - config common to Server Config and all virtual hosts
# See:

# Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new dirs and files
# from being group and world writable
Umask 022

# Don't do ident queries (hangs when the port is filtered)
IdentLookups off

# Allow users to overwrite files and change permissions
AllowOverwrite yes
RootLogin on


# A basic anonymous configuration, with an upload directory
# Enable this with PROFTPD_OPTIONS=-DANONYMOUS_FTP in /etc/sysconfig/proftpd
<Anonymous ~ftp>
User ftp
Group ftp
AccessGrantMsg "Anonymous login ok, restrictions apply."

# We want clients to be able to login with "anonymous" as well as "ftp"
UserAlias anonymous ftp

# Limit the maximum number of anonymous logins
MaxClients 10 "Sorry, max %m users -- try again later"

# Put the user into /pub right after login
#DefaultChdir /pub

# We want 'welcome.msg' displayed at login, '.message' displayed in
# each newly chdired directory and tell users to read README* files.
DisplayLogin /welcome.msg
DisplayChdir .message
DisplayReadme README*

# Cosmetic option to make all files appear to be owned by user "ftp"
DirFakeUser on ftp
DirFakeGroup on ftp

# Limit WRITE everywhere in the anonymous chroot

# An upload directory that allows storing files but not retrieving
# or creating directories.
<Directory uploads/*>
AllowOverwrite no
<Limit READ>

<Limit STOR>

# Don't write anonymous accesses to the system wtmp file (good idea!)
WtmpLog off

# Logging for the anonymous transfers
ExtendedLog /var/log/proftpd/access.log WRITE,READ default
ExtendedLog /var/log/proftpd/auth.log AUTH auth

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What are the error messages, when you start the ftpserver ?
Old 10-31-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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When I try to start ftp server...

... all I get is

Failed to start FTP server :

Starting proftpd: [FAILED]


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