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FreeBSD 5.3 – PureFTPD Install

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Today i installed PureFTPd on FreeBSD 5.3 server.

cd /usr/ports/ftp/pure-ftpd
make install clean

It show a text based menu with options like LDAP, MySQL PAM, PGSQL, etc… Only PAM is checked by default.

I do not select anything other than the default PAM as i am not going to use them on this server. On this server, i will be the FTP only user, i only need the PAM. I will be login with insecure “root” account for FTP as i get full control when i FTP 🙂

Now the pureftpd got installed.


This port has installed the following startup scripts which may cause these network services to be started at boot time.


With the in rc.d folder, pureftpd will auto start on system boot.

I tried

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/ start

But FTP server doesn’t start. May be it need a reboot before start working.

/usr/local/sbin/pure-ftpd &

Worked fine. i found i need to

# Add the following lines to /etc/rc.conf to enable pure-ftpd:
# pureftpd_enable=”YES”

But i decided not to do that now as why should i run FTP on a server that only i will use ? For now, i will login to server and enable FTP when i need to use FTP.

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