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I didn't realize it was so hard to set up something so simple. As much as I like Linux, sometimes simple things are almost impossible - like setting up a FTP server.

I just need to be able to ftp files. I've followed 10 guides, none of them work.

It's Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit.

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which FTP server are you wanting to use? there are several available, and each have their advantage/disadvantage and level of ease/difficult in actually setting them up.
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I've tried a bunch ... the one i have on there now is proftpd. I used a guide that didn't even mention certificates to set it up and it still failed ... so I had to set up a cert.

Never heard of ftp needing a cert.
    
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FTP needs certificates for encrypted transfers.
This guide should explain it to you:
https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/server...tp-server.html
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I've tried a bunch ... the one i have on there now is proftpd. I used a guide that didn't even mention certificates to set it up and it still failed ... so I had to set up a cert.

Never heard of ftp needing a cert.
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FTP needs certificates for encrypted transfers.
This guide should explain it to you:
https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/server...tp-server.html
yeah, if you setup proftpd with like openssl/tls then it would require you to generate a cert for it.

when i get back from taking the children to school, i will play around with ftp on ubuntu (as i've actually never set it up on here before), to see if there is anything i can glean from it. i'm pretty sure it straightforward as it would be on any other distro, just the package commands are different.
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Well that was odd. I spent most of my day yesterday trying to get this working and couldn't ... took an entire 20 minutes today.

Used vsftpd , created a new user and changed the home directory to the /var/www directory. Works great!
    
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Well that was odd. I spent most of my day yesterday trying to get this working and couldn't ... took an entire 20 minutes today.

Used vsftpd , created a new user and changed the home directory to the /var/www directory. Works great!
hmm, yeah i use proftpd or pure-ftp and can't recall ever having a problem, but i've never used it in ubuntu before

its good you got it working, good luck.
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Why not just use sshd for SFTP? It's more secure and you'll get both SSH and FTP access from one running daemon.
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Why not just use sshd for SFTP? It's more secure and you'll get both SSH and FTP access from one running daemon.

This ^ or scp.
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I was asked to set it up with FTP. There's better options, of course. Always are
    
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