FreeBSD pam.d proftpd problem

Riccardo Giuntoli taglio at
Sun Nov 11 04:24:53 PST 2007

Hi there,

i use proftpd as my ftp solution in other three production servers
with no problem. Last week we buy out fourth server, and i started to
install and configure FreeBSD as usual. After upgrade the sources and
the ports i've got:

[taglio at tsunami]/home/taglio(106): uname -a
Fri Nov  9 12:15:54 EST 2007
taglio at  i386
[taglio at tsunami ]/home/taglio(107):

And i've installed proftpd:

[taglio at tsunami]/home/taglio(107): proftpd -v
 - ProFTPD Version 1.3.1
[taglio at tsunami]/home/taglio(108):

For an initial simple configuration with no vhosts i've edited
/usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf like this:

[taglio at tsunami]/usr/local/etc(110): cat proftpd.conf
ServerName                      "Chroot tsunami hosting"
ServerType                      standalone
DefaultServer                   on
ScoreboardFile                  /var/run/proftpd.scoreboard
Port                            21
Umask                           022
MaxInstances                    30
User                            nobody
Group                           nogroup
DefaultRoot ~/www
AllowOverwrite          on
TimeoutIdle 0
TimeoutLinger 0
TimeoutLogin 0
TimeoutNoTransfer 0
TimeoutSession 0
TimeoutStalled 0
[taglio at tsunami ]/usr/local/etc(111):

and in /etc/pam.d/ftpd i've got this:

[taglio at tsunami]/usr/local/etc(111): cat /etc/pam.d/ftpd
ftpd auth    required         try_first_pass
ftpd account required         try_first_pass
ftpd session required
[taglio at tsunami]/usr/local/etc(112):

After checking syntax and have started the proftpd daemon i've got
this problem :

[taglio at tsunami]/usr/local/etc(112): ftp localhost
Connected to
421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection.

That i've got also on external interfaces.

Can someone help me with some ideas?

Thank you in advance, best regards, Riccardo Giuntoli

Name: Riccardo Giuntoli
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