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Looking for a good FTP admin tool for Linux

Posted on 2005-05-14
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Hello, I am in need of a good FTP Admin Utility for an FTP server.  It would probably help if I knew exactly what flavor and version of linux our server is running - and I am trying to find that out now.  But I am familiar with Windows servers and using nice graphical displays for administrating the FTP accounts we need.  We recently acquired a Linux server which we have some website running on.  Our resident Linux guy set up some new FTP accounts, and now everything is messed up - FTP wise anyway.

Does anyone out there have any idea of a good solution for this situation?  A nice graphical interface for the FTP Server would be great, however I can not find anything really about those kinds of utilities for Linux.  I have checked Download.com (what a joke), and sourceforge.net - wiht no good results.

I am hoping that asking some Linux gurus may help me down the right path.  It is relatively urgent that we find a solution - so I am giving this question a 500 point value.

As soon as I find out what the version of linux is, I will post it ASAP.

Thanks to you all.
Question by:Internetbias

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CiaranDolan earned 2000 total points
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Webmin will do the management interface for you.

If you tell us what you are trying to achieve with your ftp install we can help with that directly.

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well from what I understand FTP is installed already - it is managing accounts that is the challenge.  Apparently we can create accounts, but directory and rights management is not incredibly easy.  With understanding Windows-based solutions better and Remote Desktop Connections, I assumed that there may be an easy visual display to quickly adjust account settings.  Perhaps I am completely mistaken.
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there are many tools which offer this functionality. try to find out what kind of FTP server is it and if the FTP accounts are system accounts also. i assume you have root rights on this server, or?

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Well golly guys!  As it turns out it is not what I am familiar with at all.  I am si used to using Terminal Services and such, but the guys trying to get into and modify setting have to do this all command line-style.  When I posed the question to the current "administrator" he did not explain to me what teh situation was, as much as agree with what would be a great tool.

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Click and shoot pretty much useless in the production Linux server world. This is because most Linux Sys Admins only install what they need and they generally don't need a GUI. CLI works fine. This has always been the biggest bone of contention between the windoze and *nix worlds. If you don't know what you want to achieve in the Linux world then trying to find a starting point would be difficult.

Find your ftp.conf or vsftpd.conf file - probably somewhere near /etc - on one of my servers it is in /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
Open it with a decent editor on your windows machine (not notepad - try ConTEXT instead). Now look through this and it will give you an idea how the system is set up - post it here if you wish but make sure you remove any company specific stuff.
Also have a look at the /etc/passwd file - this is where the user accounts are stored. There should be some sort of match-up between the passwd users and the vsftpd.conf entries.
What you want to find is a working user's configuration and use that as a template for creating new users.

Let us know how you get on.

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by:David Piniella
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Webmin (as CiaranDolan posted) would be a a great help to you in managing the system in general and users and FTP specifically. Go to http://webmin.com and download the version you need for your linux version; install it and you will be able to manage your system via a web-accessible GUI.

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