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Why is PROFTPD shutting down on it's own

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I have ProFTPD running on Ubuntu 13.03 LTS... every 48 hours or so it shuts down.

It starts up as a standalone service:

Here is an except from the logfile:

2014-12-14 15:44:35,887 mydomain.com proftpd[11113] l1.mydomain.com (my hostname and ip): ROOT PRIVS: unable to setegid(): Operation not permitted
2014-12-14 15:44:35,896 mydomain.com proftpd[11113] l1.mydomain.com (my hostname and ip): RELINQUISH PRIVS: unable to seteuid(PR_ROOT_UID): Operation not permitted
2014-12-14 15:44:35,896 mydomain.com proftpd[11113] l1.mydomain.com (my hostname and ip): FTP session closed.
2014-12-15 06:49:58,200 mydomain.com proftpd[23966] l1.mydomain.com: ProFTPD killed (signal 15)
2014-12-15 06:49:58,201 mydomain.com proftpd[23966] l1.mydomain.com: ProFTPD 1.3.5rc3 standalone mode SHUTDOWN
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by:Rob G
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Unless you have updates setup to automatically download, install and reboot, it sounds like you have hardware issues..
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by:gheist
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There is ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 lts
Do you have a log rotation script that restarts system ftpd to reopen xferlogs? Maybe proftpd uses different signalling and restart of other is stop for other?
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I meant 14.04 LTS. I doubt there is hardware issues as I am using a Linode VOS
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/etc/logrotate.d/proftpd-basic would rotate logs daily and restart proftpd
if proftpd cannot be restarted by invoke-rc.d proftpd restart it will obviously not come back after this restart
Does it restart well?
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by:Mark
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Please be more specific as to what command I should issue to check.

Also, as an alternative, can someone suggest a bash script that I can cron to check if proftpd is running and if not to start it.
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by:gheist
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Any logrotate script mentioning proftpd's pid fils or log files.
"cat" command is to check
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by:Mark
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file /etc/logroate.d/proftpd-basic contains:

/var/log/proftpd/proftpd.log
/var/log/proftpd/controls.log
{
        weekly
        missingok
        rotate 7
        compress
        delaycompress
        notifempty
        create 640 root adm
        sharedscripts
        postrotate
                # reload could be not sufficient for all logs, a restart is safer
                invoke-rc.d proftpd restart 2>/dev/null >/dev/null || true
        endscript
}

/var/log/proftpd/xferlog
/var/log/proftpd/xferreport
{
        monthly
        missingok
        rotate 7
        compress
        delaycompress
        notifempty
        create 640 root adm
        sharedscripts
        prerotate
        endscript
        postrotate
                # reload could be not sufficient for all logs, a restart is safer
                invoke-rc.d proftpd restart 2>/dev/null >/dev/null || true
                # run ftpstats on past transfer log
                ftpstats -a -r -l 2 -d -h -f /var/log/proftpd/xferlog.0 2>/dev/null >/var/log/proftpd/xferreport || true
        endscript
}

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Can I just get a bash script to detect if proftpd is not running and start it .. I will just cron it every hour or so....

Thanks
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by:gheist
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find proftpd.service under /etc/systemd
Add something like "restart = always" to service file.
Probably proftpd upgrades will change that back, so keep an eye on apt.
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by:Mark
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I cannot find any reference to proftpd:

root@domain:/etc/systemd# grep -Rin proftpd *
root@domain:/etc/systemd#
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"man proftpd" /usr/share/doc/proftpd*/* ?

it is started by systemV init, and systemd scripts are in /lib/systemd usually.
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by:Mark
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I just added a monitor through we min to start proftpd if it detects it's down but thanks anyway
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