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 proftpd(8)                                                       proftpd(8)
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      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
      syslogd(8) by default, and may have to be enabled in syslogd(8)'s
      configuration 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
      without the -n option, the main proftpd daemon writes its process ID
      to /usr/local/var/ to make it easy to know which process to

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

                  Runs the proftpd process in standalone mode (must be
                  configured as such in the configuration file), but does
                  not background the process or disassociate it from the
                  controlling 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

      -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
                  <IfDefine>...</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

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                  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 /usr/local/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
                  PersistentPasswd 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 session.

      -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.


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      ProFTPD is written and maintained by a number of people, full credits
      can be found on


      Full documentation on ProFTPD, including configuration and FAQs, is
      available at

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

      Report bugs at

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