[CentOS] vsFTP Question

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Thu Nov 5 20:35:28 UTC 2009

Victor Subervi wrote:
> Well, man vsftpd:
>     VSFTPD(8)                 BSD System Managerâs 
> Manual                VSFTPD(8)
>     ....
>     SEE ALSO
>          vsftpd.conf(5)
> Great. What does that say?

the flags are in that .conf file.  so...

    # man vsftpd.conf

lists the 100 or so options in /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

> Where are my flags? How do I issue a command to start the service?
> man service:
>     NAME
>            service - run a System V init script
>            service SCRIPT COMMAND [OPTIONS]
>     ...
>           The SCRIPT parameter specifies a System V init script, 
> located in /etc/init.d/SCRIPT.  The supported values of COMMAND 
> depend  on  the
>            invoked  script,  ...
> And what exactly does that tell me? What is my command? What are my 
> options?

ls -l /etc/init.d/   shows, amongst other files,

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  1778 May 28 09:52 vsftpd

    # service vsftpd
    Usage: /etc/init.d/vsftpd {start|stop|restart|condrestart|status}

    # service vsftpd start
    # service vsftpd restart
    # service vsftpd stop

would be the main commands you'd be interested in to start, restart, 
stop the service.   and, as others said,
    # chkconfig vsftpd on

is how you configure it to autostart on reboot.

> Lots of stuff online? I went to several of the pages your googling 
> revealed before posting and there wasn't anything substantial on any 
> of them. Can you please be more specific?

maybe (l)Unix systems administrator is the wrong career path.

Also, if you prefer more 'book' like documentation, the CentOS/RHEL 5.2 
Deployment Guide gives...
full documentation on vsftpd although this guide tends to lean on GUI 
configuration tools that I generally ignore in favor of the command line 

now, admittedly, none of that quite explains 'users'.   thats because 
the 'users' that FTP supports are the SYSTEM users. 

    # groupadd ...
    # useradd .....


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