View Full Version : proftpd cannot start inetd/xinetd

March 28th, 2012, 09:22 AM
I have a fresh install of xubuntu 12.04 and copoed over my /etc/proftpd/ dir form backup on ubutnu 10.04

upon trying to start I get

ProFTPD warning: cannot start neither in standalone nor in inetd/xinetd mode. Check your configuration.

The config looks ok

# This is a basic ProFTPD configuration file (rename it to
# 'proftpd.conf' for actual use. It establishes a single server
# and a single anonymous login. It assumes that you have a user/group
# "nobody" and "ftp" for normal operation and anon.

ServerName "ProFTPD Default Installation"
ServerType inetd
DefaultServer on

# Port 21 is the standard FTP port.
Port 21

# 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 under which the server will run.
User nobody
Group nogroup

# To cause every FTP user to be "jailed" (chrooted) into their home
# directory, uncomment this line.
DefaultRoot ~

# Normally, we want files to be overwriteable.
<Directory />
AllowOverwrite off

# A basic anonymous configuration, no upload directories. If you do not
# want anonymous users, simply delete this entire <Anonymous> section.
<Anonymous ~ftp>
User ftp
Group ftp

# 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

# We want 'welcome.msg' displayed at login, and '.message' displayed
# in each newly chdired directory.
# DisplayLogin welcome.msg
# DisplayFirstChdir .message

# Limit WRITE everywhere in the anonymous chroot
# <Limit WRITE>
# DenyAll
# </Limit>
<Limit DELE>

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

March 28th, 2012, 04:28 PM
This may be a dumb question, but do you have xinetd installed?

March 28th, 2012, 04:34 PM