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Old 09-01-2005, 04:06 AM   #1
daihard
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Question Trouble w/ FTP via Web Browser


Hi.

I'm having trouble accessing my own FTP server through Web browsers. Hope someone can help me out.

I have set up an FTP server on my Fedora Core 3 machine at home using vsFTPd. With the proper port forwarding (i.e. port 21), I can access the server and obtain the files on it from the outside world as long as I use a regular FTP application such as Winsock FTP (Windows) and gFTP (Linux).

However, I can't do the same using Web browsers such as Firefox and (ugh!) IE. I type in the following as the URL:

ftp://daihard@daihard.myunix.com

where daihard is the user name and daihard.myunix.com is the hostname I registered with DynDNS.org. It does ask for the password for daihard, but once I type it in, the browser will try to "contact" the site for a while and eventually come back with an error.

I have the firewall enabled, but I checked both HTTP and FTP as trusted services.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.

TIA,
Dai
 
Old 09-01-2005, 08:53 PM   #2
tonyfreeman
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I *believe* you should have both port 20 and 21 open for any sort of ftp to work properly. I'm surprised that you have successfully used it with only port 21 open.

Also ... had the same sort of trouble a few years ago. It turned out that IE had to have a checkmark placed beside the 'passive' or 'non-passive' ftp options. Just open IE --> tools --> internet options --> ??? passive ftp ???

Good luck!

-- Tony

Last edited by tonyfreeman; 09-01-2005 at 08:59 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2005, 04:35 AM   #3
daihard
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Quote:
Originally posted by tonyfreeman
I *believe* you should have both port 20 and 21 open for any sort of ftp to work properly. I'm surprised that you have successfully used it with only port 21 open.

Also ... had the same sort of trouble a few years ago. It turned out that IE had to have a checkmark placed beside the 'passive' or 'non-passive' ftp options. Just open IE --> tools --> internet options --> ??? passive ftp ???
Thanks for the reply!

I'm not all that familiar with how those two ports work with FTP. I wonder if configuring my OS firewall to allow FTP means both ports 20 and 21 are open?

I also have the following entries in my /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf, if it matters:

pasv_promiscuous=YES
port_promiscuous=YES

I will play with the IE settings tomorrow. Thanks again for your help.

Dai
 
Old 05-18-2006, 10:41 PM   #4
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did you ever work out all of your bugs?
I had the same problem, and it ended up being that i forgot to open the ports in my iptables...
 
  


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