Hahaha! I can't bloody believe it...the guide said to install libmysqlclient12-dev, following the etch guide Falko supplied I installed libmysqlclient15-dev which had not been installed. After doing this it actually worked! It's real odd that it didn't work with the package supplied in the original guide I guess proftpd needed something the older package didn't have....nice of it to tell me though
Thanks a bunch everyone, and I think maybe an edit should be made to that guide? Or at the very least a note for ubuntu 6.10 users?