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skara 17th September 2007 17:23

ProFTPD - Strange behaviour - double config?

i've installed an Debian Etch on a Strato vServer. Most of installation was done almost similar to the Perfect Debian Etch How-to here on howtoforge.

Playing around with ProFTPD-Settings to get TLS working i pointed out a strange behaviour of the ftpserver.

To take a long story short, local connection to the ftpserver seems to be a different configuration then remote access.
I had changed the ServerIdent at /etc/proftpd.conf (ServerIdent on "FTP Server ready."). Login in local brings this message. Remote login brings up '220 ProFTPD 1.3.0 Server (Debian) []'

netstat -tap gives:

tcp        0      0 h123456.serverkomp:953 *:*                    LISTEN    27879/named       
tcp        0      0 *:smtp                  *:*                    LISTEN    27844/master       
tcp        0      0 *:https                *:*                    LISTEN    27757/apache2     
tcp        0      0 *:44060                *:*                    LISTEN    26536/rpc.statd   
tcp        0      0 *:imaps                *:*                    LISTEN    26355/couriertcpd 
tcp        0      0 *:pop3s                *:*                    LISTEN    26381/couriertcpd 
tcp        0      0 h123456.serverko:mysql *:*                    LISTEN    26268/mysqld       
tcp        0      0 *:pop3                  *:*                    LISTEN    26360/couriertcpd 
tcp        0      0 *:imap2                *:*                    LISTEN    26337/couriertcpd 
tcp        0      0 *:sunrpc                *:*                    LISTEN    26041/portmap     
tcp        0      0 *:www                  *:*                    LISTEN    27757/apache2     
tcp        0      0 *:81                    *:*                    LISTEN    27727/ispconfig_htt
tcp        0      0 *:auth                  *:*                    LISTEN    26392/inetd       
tcp        0      0 *:ftp                  *:*                    LISTEN    27900/proftpd: (acc
tcp        0      0      *:*                    LISTEN    27879/named       
tcp        0      0 h123456.serverk:domain *:*                    LISTEN    27879/named       
tcp        0      0 *:ssh                  *:*                    LISTEN    26499/sshd         
tcp        0  1984          xxxxxxxx-:62432 VERBUNDEN  27723/sshd: user

ps aux brings only one proftpd. Nothing, what seems to me for another hit than maybe inetd.
But i checked /etc/inetd.conf - but everything's commented out but of ident.

I can bring further info if it's needed, but actually haven't got a glue, where else to look at ... :(

Anybody an idea how to check this?
Thanks in advance.


falko 18th September 2007 19:33

Did you restart Proftpd?

Are you sure you're connecting to the right IP/hostname?

skara 18th September 2007 22:40


yes, it's the same server.

in any of your howtos regarding debian setup you mentioned a /etc/hosts-file like
Code: localhost localhost.localdomain

trying 'telnet localhost 21' and 'telnet 21' directly on the machine was the same - different banners.

it's not a problem at all - will use vsftpd. but being new to linux-setup i'm willing to learn. but i couldn't figure out, where's the problem so i asked here.

if i can provide any further information, i will do so.


skara 19th September 2007 13:06

One more try... complete serverreinstall from the scratch. Strato vServer - Debian 3.1 install -> RecoveryMode -> Debootstrap (v1.0.3) to Etch
Will post only things i suppose to be important [...config...] = configuration according Perfect Etch Setup:


aptitude install ssh fail2ban sudo
# above in recoverymode + chroot
# REBOOT to normal mode
aptitude -q --without-recommends -y install ~pstandard ~prequired ~pimportant
aptitude -y install binutils cpp fetchmail flex gcc libarchive-zip-perl libc6-dev libcompress-zlib-perl libdb4.3-dev libpcre3 libpopt-dev linux-kernel-headers lynx m4 make ncftp nmap openssl perl perl-modules unzip zip zlib1g-dev autoconf automake1.9 libtool bison autotools-dev g++ quota screen ucf

cat > /etc/hosts <<EOF      localhost localhost.localdomain
85.214.x.x h123456

aptitude install bind9 && /etc/init.d/bind9 stop [...config..]

aptitude -y install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev [...config..]
aptitude install postfix libsasl2 sasl2-bin libsasl2-modules libdb3-util procmail && dpkg-reconfigure postfix[...config..]

aptitude install courier-authdaemon courier-base courier-imap courier-imap-ssl courier-pop courier-pop-ssl courier-ssl gamin libgamin0 libglib2.0-0 [...config..]

aptitude install apache2 apache2-doc apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils libexpat1 ssl-cert [...config..]

aptitude install libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php5-common php5-curl php5-dev php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-json php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-mhash php5-ming php5-mysql php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl [...config..]

cp /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf.orig
pico /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf
## UseIPv6  'on' to 'off'
cat >> /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf <<EOF
DefaultRoot ~
IdentLookups off
ServerIdent on "FTP Server ready."
ln -s /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf /etc/proftpd.conf

aptitude install webalizer ntp ntpdate libhtml-parser-perl libdb-file-lock-perl libnet-dns-perl

[ISPC-Install as descriped - standard-mode]

ISPC seems to be installed ok.
telnet localhost 21 and telnet 21 give same banner 'FTP Server Ready'

But restarting via ISPC brings above mentioned error - localhost='FTP Server ready''ProFTPD 1.3.0 Server (Debian) [85.214.xx.xx]'

Manual deleting 'DefaultAddress' in /etc/proftpd_ispconfig.conf and /etc/init.d/proftpd restarting brings:

Starting ftp server: proftpd - warning: "ProFTPD" address/port ( already in use by "Debian"
But actually it brought identical banners - 'til ftp-restart via ISPC. That inserted DefaultAddress again.
Slowly it drives me mad - but at least, my ftpserver now works.

Deleting 'Include /etc/proftpd_ispconfig.conf' in /etc/proftpd.conf seems to work fine - restart via ispc and init.d worked. Why this include, if it doesn't work with but without?


PS: did i mention? great work - your howtos and nevertheless ispconfig :)

falko 19th September 2007 16:15


Originally Posted by skara
Why this include

It's needed if you want to have anonymous FTP for a web site. But if you like, you can put a modified template of the proftpd_ispconfig.conf file in the /root/ispconfig/isp/conf/customized_templates folder (the original template is in /root/ispconfig/isp/conf). ISPConfig will then use the modified template.

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