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proftpd (8)


proftpd - Professional configurable, secure file transfer protocol server


proftpd [ -hlntv ] [ -c config-file ] [ -d debuglevel ] [ -p 0|1 ]


proftpd(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 proftpd(8)

       proftpd  -  Professional  configurable,  secure  file transfer protocol

       proftpd [ -hlntv ] [ -c config-file ] [ -d debuglevel ] [ -p 0|1 ]

       proftpd is the Professional File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server daemon.
       The  server may be invoked by the Internet "super-server" inetd(8) each
       time a connection to the FTP service is made, or alternatively  it  can
       be run as a standalone daemon.

       Each successful and failed ftp(1) session is logged using syslog with a
       facility of LOG_FTP.  Note: LOG_FTP messages are not displayed by  sys-
       logd(8) by default, and may have to be enabled in syslogd(8)'s configu-
       ration file.

       When proftpd is run in standalone mode and it receives a SIGHUP then it
       will  reread its configuration file.  When run in standalone mode with-
       out the -n option, the main proftpd daemon writes  its  process  ID  to
       /var/run/proftpd.pid to make it easy to know which process to SIGHUP.

       -h,--help   Display  a short usage description, including all available

                   Runs the proftpd process in standalone mode (must  be  con-
                   figured  as  such  in the configuration file), but does not
                   background the process or disassociate it from the control-
                   ling tty.  Additionally, all output (log or debug messages)
                   are sent to stderr, rather than the syslog mechanism.  Most
                   often used with the -d option for debugging.

       -q,--quiet  Quiet  mode;  don't  send  logging  information to standard
                   error when running with the -n option.

                   Displays the version number of ProFTPD to stdout.

       -D,--define parameter
                   Sets a configuration parameter which  can  be  used  <IfDe-
                   fine>...</IfDefine>  sections in the configuration files to
                   conditionally skip or process commands.

       -d,--debug debuglevel
                   Sets proftpd's internal  debug  level  (normally  0).   The
                   debuglevel  should  be  an integer value from 0 to 10, with
                   higher numbers  producing  more  debug  output.   Normally,
                   debug messages are sent to syslog using the DEBUG facility,
                   however if the -n option is used, all such output  is  sent
                   to stderr.

       -c,--config config-file
                   Specifies an alternate config-file to be parsed at startup,
                   rather than the default configuration  file.   The  default
                   configuration file is /etc/proftpd.conf

                   Disables address/port collision checking.

                   Specifies  an  IP address for the host machine, avoiding an
                   DNS lookup of the hostname

                   Read the configuration file, report any syntax errors,  and

       -p,--persistent 0|1
                   Disables (0) or enables (1) the default persistent password
                   support, which is determined at  configure  time  for  each
                   platform.  This option only affects the default support, it
                   can still be overridden at run-time  with  the  Persistent-
                   Passwd directive.

       -l,--list   Lists all modules compiled into proftpd.

                   Displays various compile-time settings and exits.

       -X,--nofork Debug mode (do not fork a session process); exits after one

       -4,--ipv4   Support IPv4 functionality only, regardless of whether  the
                   --enable-ipv6 configure option was used.

       -6,--ipv6   Support  IPv6  connections and lookup of IPv6 addresses for
                   server DNS names.  This  is  enabled  by  default,  if  the
                   --enable-ipv6 configure option is used.


       ProFTPD  is  written and maintained by a number of people, full credits
       can be found on http://www.proftpd.org/credits.html

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | service/network/ftp |
       |Stability      | Uncommitted         |


       Full documentation on ProFTPD, including  configuration  and  FAQs,  is
       available at http://www.proftpd.org/

       For   help/support,   try   the  ProFTPD  mailing  lists,  detailed  on

       Report bugs at http://bugs.proftpd.org/

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle  Solaris  can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source     was     downloaded     from       ftp://ftp.proftpd.org/dis-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.proftpd.org/.

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