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Here’s how to install and configure an ftp server (proftpd) on a Ubuntu machine.

sudo aptitude install openbsd-inetd proftpd-basic (tell it to start from inetd, not standalone)
sudo vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf (change ServerName)

System users (i.e. the ones that have an entry in /etc/passwd) can login to proftpd by default, with their system password; they will land in their home directory. To add “virtual users” (i.e. ftp-only users), do:
ftpasswd --passwd --shell=/bin/false --uid=502 --name=username --home=homedir --file=/etc/proftpd/ftpd.passwd (choose username, homedir)
Then add the following line to /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf:
AuthUserFile /etc/proftpd/ftpd.passwd

To allow your user(s) to upload files, just modify the homedir’s permissions.


Written by azimout

14/07/2010 at 21:50

Posted in Reference

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