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Setting up A FTP Server on Debian

apt-get install proftpd-basic Choose the “Standalone” Version.

After the installation the server will be running, and will grant access to all user accounts upon the host.

The config file is in /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf DefaultRoot ~ // This causes all users to be presented with the contents of their home directory <br> DefaultRoot /direct_path/folder user //This overrides the default above. <br> RequireValidShell on|off


By default, proftpd has mod_delay enabled. It automatically works when people start downloading too much data too fast etc. This however can be a nuisance sometimes if you are downloading a lot of files etc. The ftp client program may return a 502 error saying some temporary error (which is caused by mod_delay) and can make continuation of ftp downloads painful. To disable mod_delay on proftpd: vi /etc/proftpd.conf //insert the following lines:

<IfModule mod_delay.c>

  DelayEngine off

That should do it. Info got from:

Bandwidth Speed Limiting for FTP

If a user wants to limit their own ftp download from their account on a ftp server, they can do the following: cd ~/ vi .ftpaccess TransferRate RETR 20 user sburke #where 20 = 20KB max, and sburke = username

If an admin wants to limit a user, they can do the following: vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf <Global> TransferRate RETR 20 user sburke </Global> Ref:


vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf //change from 30 to 5 for quiet ftp server MaxInstances 5

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proftpd_server.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/19 21:13 by