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32BitsOnline: ProFTPD: An Alternative FTP daemon

Sep 08, 1999, 14:56 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Wiley)

"When setting up a Linux Internet server, ftp is an application that is often important, but also often overlooked. If you install Red Hat as a server installation, wu-ftpd is the default server installed. While wu-ftpd is a fast performer, it lacks easy configuration and a robust feature set, and it has a poor history of security bugs."

"As we struggled to configure virtual ftp access on wu-ftpd, we decided we needed to check out alternative ftp daemons. We were looking for a few things in particular: easy configuration, security, lots of features, and the ability to handle a decent amount of traffic. While there are a number of ftp daemons available, two seemed to have a pretty good following: ncftpd and ProFTPD."

"We decided to install and test ProFTPD, after viewing their web site and reviewing the rather extensive reference page. The number of options available, coupled with a configuration that promised to be Apache-like, told me it was at least worth a look. We set up a fresh Red Hat 6.0 server installation, and then removed wu-ftpd. After downloading the ProFTPD rpm, we tried to install it. Rpm claimed there was a conflict with wu-ftpd, even though we had uninstalled it. Hmmmm. We decided to download the source and compile it. This was fairly painless, and it side-stepped the rpm problem."

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