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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.

       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
       /var/run/run/ 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
                   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/proftpd.conf

                   Disables address/port collision checking.

                   Displays various compile-time settings and exits.

                   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.

       -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



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

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

       Report bugs at

                                   July 2000                        proftpd(8)