ProFTPD - Strange behaviour - double config?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by skara, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. skara

    skara New Member


    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.

  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Did you restart Proftpd?

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

    skara New Member


    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.

  4. skara

    skara New Member

    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 :)
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    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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