FTP difficulties 4.8R

JJB Barbish3 at adelphia.net
Sun Feb 15 16:41:47 PST 2004

>From an general over view, sounds like you have your network
connection mis-configured. Post /var/run/dmesg.boot, /etc/rc.conf,
files do an ifconfig  and ps ax commands an post what they display.
Use 'script /root/display.lst' command to capture all content going
to screen from commands you enter. Use exit command to stop
capturing screen data. Explain how you have router configured. How
is router connected to your ISP? Do you have an single dynamic IP
address from you ISP?
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Graham
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 4:32 PM
To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: FTP difficulties 4.8R

This is my second call for help regarding ftp and network
connections - if
anyone out there can help, I would greatly appreciate some advice.

I have loaded an older pc with FreeBSD 4.8 to run as a webserver.
It is
behind a USR8000A router - the router has DHCP, NAT and firewall
There is a second pc behind the router which runs WinXP, it operates
with email, http, it runs an ftp server and client fine (both are
filezilla).  I downloaded my FreeBSD ISOs without difficulty...
speeds using Filezilla ftp client on XP was 160KB/s (1.6Mbs) which
is the
maximum provided by my service - so my lines are okay.

My FreeBSD box on the other hand is a different story.   It is a PII
with only 48M of memory so I set it up as black screen - command
line only.
After the past month of starting to become familiar with the new OS
I feel
that most things are beginning to come together - my network
really sucks though!!

It does go outside and connect, sometimes I can ftp download some
files, most times the process stalls.   I generally need to open a
terminal to kill the process.
This makes it very difficult...   Most recently, I have been trying
install Samba to better network with the Windows machine - I cannot
files - aaarrgghhh!
Can someone please shed some insight into something that I have done
neglected to do.  Something must be set badly or incompatibly that
creating these difficulties.  This OS is dependent on robust file
for updating and ports etc...HELP!

My earlier message:

Help!   I am a newbie who has set up a command line FreeBSD system
on an XPI
166 laptop.
Most things seem to work okay except the ftp - I have been
struggling with
this on and off for a couple of weeks.   To download some packages I
up running ncftp and it was able to successfully operate but
slowly (ie 950secs) for a download of about 1MB - I operate on
ADSL - go

Both the regular and nc ftp packages seem prone to stalling.   My
problems centre about trying to download some webpage files from
machine (WinXP) attached to (and behind) a USR router/firewall (yes
USRobotics firewall is enabled) my Freebsd one is not.   The ftp
server is
filezilla server on the WinXP machine.  I was starting with
downloading a
simple webpage to test apache - two files, index.htm and a small
(30K) jpeg
image.   Index file downloaded quickly, the jpeg stalled after 26K -
kept on stalling - same place.   When I tried using ncftp this time,
stalled at about 18K.  Things are set up well enough that I am able
connect to and navigate the server from my FreeBSD system. (can
connect to
FreeBSD.org server - but stall on downloads)
Clearly there must be some basic setting that is incorrect or
incompatible -
perhaps related to my router - but am not too sure.
The only reference which I could find was related to problems with
tcp.recvspace being set at 56K for 4.8, but it seemed to refer to
related problems.   In any event I was not able to change it.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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