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Thread: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    If you are not sure of your certificate password maybe it will be faster to recreate your certificate.
    I never used webmin so i can't really help you about webmin related stuff.

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    Question Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    Greetings everyone,

    Decent how-to. I should note however, I needed to use the LATEST version of firezilla, in order to use the TLS compression. You may want to note that in the how-to.

    But I have a question about a module that is not in the packaged version in the repos. I would really like to use the mod_shaper module, in order to limit the overall bandwidth usage of my crummy adsl connection. I looked at the "TransferRate RETR" control, but I realized that thats for a per connection basis, not to powerful at all.

    Since I'm almost a total Linux n00b, could you give me an idea of how to recompile proftpd with the included mod_shaper module?

    Much thanks to everyone, including the how-to's author!

    -Adam

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    First are you sure it is not included ? Not loaded not necessarily mean not present. The list a modules you are loading when running proftpd is set in the /etc/proftpd/modules.conf file.
    The command "proftpd -l" should return you the module list.

    In addition TransferRate is not on a "connection basis" but on a command basis, for the moment i don't see the need to restrict the bandwidth other than for the RETR and STOR commands and maybe also the LIST command, other commands not being bandwidth eaters.

    Will add a note about filezilla, i use the feisty repository version which Support for TLS encryption but i guess previous version don't, thanks for your feedback
    Last edited by frodon; October 2nd, 2007 at 08:55 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    Thanks frodon,

    Yes, I'm pretty sure its not included. I check in the /usr/lib/proftpd directory, and its not listed.

    Well, the reason why I want the mod_shaper is because i want to be able to set an upstream transfer rate in total. So if I have 60kb/s to spare, i want that entire 60kb/s to be allocated, no matter how many transfers are running.

    As for the firezilla, I was referring to the windows version. I can't speak for the linux version because I don't use it, but version2 of firezilla just wouldn't connect to my TLS encrypted server! I was going nuts trying to figure it out, thinking it was a problem with the server configuration. Then I just decided to try the latest version (version3) of firezilla; it worked perfectly.

    -Adam


    Quote Originally Posted by frodon View Post
    First are you sure it is not included ? Not loaded not necessarily mean not present. The list a modules you are loading when running proftpd is set in the /etc/proftpd/modules.conf file.
    The command "proftpd -l" should return you the module list.

    In addition TransferRate is not on a "connection basis" but on a command basis, for the moment i don't see the need to restrict the bandwidth other than for the RETR and STOR commands and maybe also the LIST command, other commands not being bandwidth eaters.

    Will add a note about filezilla, i use the feisty repository version which Support for TLS encryption but i guess previous version don't, thanks for your feedback

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    I've only been using Ubuntu for a year or so, and I've never tried setting up an FTP server, so this thread is invaluable...

    I've stumbled through the HowTo, understanding probably half of it

    I'm behind a router, and have tried to make those allowances in the proftpd.conf file.

    When I try and connect using fireftp in Firefox, I can't connect, and don't get any useful information about why: "Unable to make a connection. Please try again."

    Is there a log file, or...?

    Where on Earth do I start looking to see what the problem is?
    "He who lives by the penguin, dies by the penguin."
    (at least 'till he figures out what he's doing!)

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    thanks for the great tut. I have one prob though. I cannot get the proftptools to work, I think I did the .bashrc correct, can you let me know. when I run ProftpTools from the terminal it does nothing.

    Here is my .bashrc file.

    ProftpTools_dir=/home/steve/downloads/ProftpTools-v1.0.2
    export ProftpTools_dir
    fi

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    nevermind, I fixed it, I had to remove that fi

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    Hey, great tutorial there I got through it just find I'm just running into a problem now I can't seem to solve.

    I have this ftp server setup just for local file transfer between windows/linux mostly. I can connect to the server, browse the files, etc.. but If I want to create a new folder or upload a file I get a "550: Permission Denied" error.. I have chmod my ftp folder to 777 and still unsure what the problem is. Anyone know what might be wrong?

    Code:
    ftp> put /home/daniel/hmm.txt
    local: /home/daniel/hmm.txt remote: /home/daniel/hmm.txt
    200 PORT command successful
    550 /home/daniel/hmm.txt: Permission denied
    ftp>
    I have copy/paste the .conf file from the tutorial so unless there is a mistake I think that is fine.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks!


    EDIT: I just chmod all directories to 777 including the ftp directory and its working fine now :/ .. I just had to specify a remote path because it was trying to upload to the wrong place.
    Last edited by j3n0vacHiLd; October 25th, 2007 at 02:12 AM. Reason: Fixed

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    Hi.
    I'm a newbee to Linux world and Ubuntu is the first distro I tried. I want to make an ftp server, so I followed your steps literally for a start.
    I manage to get almost everything going, but 1 thing I couldn't get it done is to make a symlink in the ftp-share directory to be accessable by the ftp user.

    I want an ftpuser to access directory /home/ftp-share, /site/www, and /store/client
    I already make ln -s command to make shortcut to www and client directory in ftp-share folder, but ftpuser cannot see them, what should I do?

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    Re: HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)

    Quote Originally Posted by b3dm4n View Post
    Hi.
    I'm a newbee to Linux world and Ubuntu is the first distro I tried. I want to make an ftp server, so I followed your steps literally for a start.
    I manage to get almost everything going, but 1 thing I couldn't get it done is to make a symlink in the ftp-share directory to be accessable by the ftp user.

    I want an ftpuser to access directory /home/ftp-share, /site/www, and /store/client
    I already make ln -s command to make shortcut to www and client directory in ftp-share folder, but ftpuser cannot see them, what should I do?
    All is explained in the tutorial, symlink are not allowed with the config i provided as they decrease seriously the security of your FTP server.
    This is the exact purpose of the section Misc > Useful tricks to let you mount where you need the directory you wish to share.

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