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Old 11-05-2004, 05:43 PM   #1
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Question No server available to handle request - ProFTPd

A little history here: my ISP blocks access to port 80, 21, and others that are unknown. Now, as a little sysadmin practice (I'm about as geeky as they come ), I decided to set up a webserver, FTP server, and eventually a POP3/SMTP server. So, I configured Apache, and got it working with a Port 80 Redirect (courtesy of and got my proftpd server running on port 21000. As of yesterday, eerything was running flawlessly. Now, proftpd is not accepting connections. When I try to connect using:
ftp 21000
it works without a hitch. I can login, do everything without a problem. Now, if I use my global IP, we'll say, it won't work. I get this error message:
ftp> open 21000
Connected to
500 Sorry, no server available to handle request on
This is my /etc/proftpd.conf file:
# This is a basic ProFTPD configuration file.
# It establishes a single server and a single anonymous login.
# It assumes that you have a user/group "nobody" and "ftp"
# for normal/anonymous operation.

ServerName                      ""
ServerType                      standalone
# ServerType                     inetd
DefaultServer                   off

# Port 21 is the standard FTP port.
Port                            21000
# Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new dirs and files
# from being group and world writable.
Umask                           022

# To prevent DoS attacks, set the maximum number of child processes
# to 30.  If you need to allow more than 30 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                    30

# Set the user and group that the server normally runs at.
User                            nobody
Group                           nogroup

# This next option is required for NIS or NIS+ to work properly:
#PersistentPasswd off

SystemLog                       /var/log/proftpd.log
TransferLog                     /var/log/xferlog

# Normally, we want files to be overwriteable.
<Directory /*>
  AllowOverwrite                on
Any ideas on this? As the server yesterday was working without a hitch...
More info: The port is allowed both locally and globally (enabled access through port 21000 in GuardDog for both Network and Internet

Last edited by scuzzman; 11-05-2004 at 05:45 PM.
Old 11-06-2004, 08:06 AM   #2
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I take it you have local network and an internet connection? Have one of the computers on the local network connect to the ftp-- that will help determine if its at the dsl/cable modem. If it does connect from a local machine then start looking at your modem/isp. If you cant connect from the local network disconnect from the internet and take down guarddog --- then if you can connect from the local network start looking at your firewall.

I notice you haven't called out a anonymous directory-- for example
<Anonymous /home/ftp/pub>
User         ftp
Group      ftp

UserAlias     anonymous ftp

MaxClients        10

<Limit WRITE>


One thing just to clarify -- how are you trying to connect to the proftpd? Your setup would not allow you to connect through a web browser (firefox, internet explorer, etc....) You would need a real ftp client (command line, leech etc....)

I know this may be a real stupid thing to ask (I only ask because it has happened to me a time or 2)

Have you tried restarting proftpd ?

/etc/rc.d/rc.proftpd restart

Just some quick thoughts



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