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Downloading ProFTPD

ProFTPD is available to download from http://www.proftpd.org/

Extract the source archive:-

gunzip proftpd-1.3.0.tar.gz
tar -xvf proftpd-1.3.0.tar
cd proftpd-1.3.0
Installing ProFTPD

Read the INSTALL document. This will give details of the installation process and any specific things you need to be aware of.

Locate any previous installation, possibly in /usr/local/sbin/

The configuration file is usually located in /usr/local/etc/

Compiling ProFTPD

Quite simple this one:-

make install
Configuring ProFTPD

Examine /usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf and make any relevant changes.

ServerIdent is an optional command and will suppress the name/ID of the server software you're running - so hackers won't know what version of ProFTPD you're running.

ServerName       "your.server.name"
ServerType       standalone
ServerIdent      off
User             nobody
Group            nobody
DefaultRoot      ~
AllowOverwrite   on

Comment out all the stuff about anonymous logins (unless you want them) by inserting a # at the beginning of every line from <anonymous> to </anonymous>

You can check the version by typing

/usr/local/sbin/proftpd -v

Lastly, run it by typing


You may want to add this to your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file if you want ProFTPD to automatically start each time you boot your server.

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