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Old 11-16-2004, 01:08 PM   #1
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Major vsFTP Problems!!!

I have been trying to get an FTP server working on my server and have noticed some huge problems with the listed variables in the vsftpd.conf man pages. Using RedHat 9.0 and the version of vsftpd that is installed when installing the OS, the following commands cause my problem.


All I did to find if these commands worked or not was take the original vsftpd.conf file and append one variable on at a time. I would run the 'service vsftdp restart' to start the service. Then I would run the 'service vsftdp status' command to see the status of the FTP. It would always return the message "vsftpd dead but subsys locked." I have looked around I tried others advice.

- I have a running version of the vsftpd.conf file (the original when Redhat 9.0 is installed).
- I am running on standalone mode and therefore have no vsftpd information in xinetd.d folder.
- Though I wish there was information being saved in the log files, no important information is in the /var/log/messages or /var/log/vsftpd.log files.

I am definitely at a loss here as the most important command I need to work for this ftp is 'cmds_allowed.' Without that, the FTP is worthless to me. Any help would definitely be appricated, even advice other FTP servers.
Old 11-16-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
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Any way to increase the debugging level in the vsftpd.conf file? Maybe coax it into writing out some more (or any?) useful information when it tries to start and fails.

Also, try fully stopping the service and starting again. Just issue a service vsftpd restart.
Old 11-16-2004, 04:55 PM   #3
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I have definitely tried to fully stop the the service by both 'restart' and 'stop'. In both instances the output for vsftpd is fail. It does say that the service started successfully but when I check the status of the service, I find "vsftpd dead but subsys locked." I think I have kinda figured out how to do this with file permissions but even there I am stuck.

For example:

All client information should go into /ftp/<client_name> and should only have upload and download access. They should not be able to read, write, execute, delete, or rename anything from within the FTP. The should also be locked into their client folder.

All internal users should be able to see everything (/ftp) and have full access to all files and folders.

Any advice?


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