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    I'm running redhat 7.2 right now and have a web server set up. Now I would like to install a FTP server so that I can easily upload files onto the server from anywhere I please. I just want something small and simple, because I'm probably the only one that will be using it. What server should I use?

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    proftpd, it installs right out of the box.. no need to make special configurations in order to get it working (just as long as your user isnt located in /etc/ftpusers)

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    Okay, i got proftpd and installed it, but it won't start. It says that the group nogroup doesn't exist. So I tried starting it under the same groupt that apache runs under #-1 but it says that that group doesn't exist either. What gives? And how can I see all the different groups?

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    Did you read the man pages that comes with Proftp?? I think it had the instruction on how to set up for anonymous FTP and how to modify proftpd.conf.

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    Okay, i got proftpd and installed it, but it won't start. It says that the group nogroup doesn't exist. So I tried starting it under the same groupt that apache runs under #-1 but it says that that group doesn't exist either. What gives? And how can I see all the different groups?
    I would make a nogroup.

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    The man page didn't have too much info in it really, but ender was right, i just had to make the group. Now I have the server running, and can log in etc, but does anyone know how to change the base directory of the ftp server? So that I can upload in the same directory apache works out of? Thanx for all the help so far!

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    The man page didn't have too much info in it really, but ender was right, i just had to make the group. Now I have the server running, and can log in etc, but does anyone know how to change the base directory of the ftp server? So that I can upload in the same directory apache works out of? Thanx for all the help so far!
    By default, proftpd locks each user into their home directory, and this is a good thing. You can override that, *or* you can make symlinks in a user's home directory to the web directory.

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    You can use the mod_users module for Apache, and each user gets their own web directory, /home/user/public_html/ and their URL would be http://www.yourdomain.com/~username/

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    I made a symlink but the ftp client wouldn't let me go through it...maybee it's a security feature or something. Oh well, I figured out how to change the home directory and it's all good now. Thanx for all the help!

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    The reason you can't follow a symlink from the users $HOME, is that proftp chroots the account to $HOME, thus you cant follow a symlink from $HOME/my_ftp which most likely would be something like ../../var/ftp/share
    The two directories it would have to skip back, simply dosn't exist on the chrooted account proftp provides.

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    The reason you can't follow a symlink from the users $HOME, is that proftp chroots the account to $HOME, thus you cant follow a symlink from $HOME/my_ftp which most likely would be something like ../../var/ftp/share
    The two directories it would have to skip back, simply dosn't exist on the chrooted account proftp provides.
    Actually, yes you can. its yet another configuration option I think to follow symlinks. It will appear as being in your homedirectory. Since it's not a _true_ chroot, it can access the files. It's more of a jail than a chroot.

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