proftpd vs PAM authentication

Beech Rintoul beech at
Tue Jul 17 03:42:04 UTC 2007

On Monday 16 July 2007, Hartleigh Burton said:
> Hi everyone,
> I am relatively new to FreeBSD and have what I hope is a simple
> question regarding proftpd and PAM authentication.
> I have just installed proftpd via the available port, and after
> installation a message was returned saying:
> ###
> Make sure you have the following lines in your PAM configuration
> file so that ProFTPd's PAM module can authenticate users correctly.
> ftpd auth    required         try_first_pass
> ftpd account required         try_first_pass
> ftpd session required
> ###
> After reading into this I am confused as to where exactly I should
> be entering this information. According to the proftpd README file,
> in FreeBSD it likes to get this information from /etc/pam.conf,
> whereas LINUX looks in /etc/pam.d/ftp, and what topped it off for
> me is the / etc/pam.d/ftpd file.
> Where is the best place to have this configuration information; is
> it required considering there is already lines in /etc/pam.d/ftp;
> if required should I overwrite /etc/pam.d/ftp or append to the
> beginning/ end of the file?
> I hope there is enough information here for someone to help. Any
> help provided is greatly appreciated in advance ;)

Actually that isn't required anymore and is a holdover from earlier 
versions. The pam configuration for ftpd is in /etc/pam.d/ftpd and 
already contains the required entries. I should probably just remove 
it to avoid confusion.

Beech - Proftpd Maintainer

Beech Rintoul - FreeBSD Developer - beech at
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