Aaron Peterson aaron at
Tue Feb 24 19:12:55 PST 2004

I prefer putting:

ScoreboardFile          /var/run/proftpd.scoreboard

in /usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf, personally

and touching the file did seem to solve that particular error message for
me.  However, this was not a particularly intuitive solution, and I'm not
sure why the port is set up to require the manual step of either creating
the directory for the default location of the scoreboard file or moving
it.  Even after this, the default rc.d script from ports doesn't seem to
work for me.  Instead of figuring it out, i just ran proftpd the manual
way you did from the command line with:


and that started the daemon.

I haven't done it yet, but probably rewriting the init script more simply
so that it does only what worked for me at the command line would solve
that problem.

> I've decided to install proftpd from ports since (it is said) to be more
> robust than the FBSD ftpd daemon.
> I went to /usr/ports/ftp/proftpd. The port downloaded, compiled, and
> appeared to install correctly. I edited /etc/rc.conf to make sure that
> the /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ would run at boot time. I checked
> file proftpd.conf to make sure it was in standalone mode.
> However, it does not start. If I manually run the command
> "/usr/local/libexec/proftpd start", I receive this error message:
>   error opening scoreboard: no such file or directory
> According to the man page, there should be a file called
> /var/run/run/proftpd/proftpd.scoreboard but I see that it does not exist
> on my machine. I tried creating it with the "touch" command, but  that
> doesn't really do anything useful. In fact, I know from running
> Slackware that this should be a binary file, not an empty file, so I
> didn't have much hope that this would solve anything.
> I also tried starting Proftp from /etc/inetd.conf, but that was also
> unsuccessful. Again, I received the same error about the missing
> scoreboard.
> At this point, I'm stumped, so I hope that somebody who has succeeded in
> getting Proftp working on FBSD has some advice.
> TIA,
> Robert
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