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FTPD(8)			  BSD System Manager's Manual		       FTPD(8)

     ftpd — Internet File Transfer Protocol server

     ftpd [-dl] [-T maxtimeout] [-t timeout]

     Ftpd is the Internet File Transfer Protocol server process.  The server
     uses the TCP protocol and listens at the port specified in the “ftp” ser‐
     vice specification; see services(5).

     Available options:

     -d	     Debugging information is written to the syslog using LOG_FTP.

     -l	     Each successful and failed ftp(1) session is logged using syslog
	     with a facility of LOG_FTP.  If this option is specified twice,
	     the retrieve (get), store (put), append, delete, make directory,
	     remove directory and rename operations and their filename argu‐
	     ments are also logged.

     -T	     A client may also request a different timeout period; the maximum
	     period allowed may be set to timeout seconds with the -T option.
	     The default limit is 2 hours.

     -t	     The inactivity timeout period is set to timeout seconds (the
	     default is 15 minutes).

     The file /etc/nologin can be used to disable ftp access.  If the file
     exists, ftpd displays it and exits.  If the file /etc/ftpwelcome exists,
     ftpd prints it before issuing the “ready” message.	 If the file /etc/motd
     exists, ftpd prints it after a successful login.

     The ftp server currently supports the following ftp requests.  The case
     of the requests is ignored.

	   Request    Description
	   ABOR	      abort previous command
	   ACCT	      specify account (ignored)
	   ALLO	      allocate storage (vacuously)
	   APPE	      append to a file
	   CDUP	      change to parent of current working directory
	   CWD	      change working directory
	   DELE	      delete a file
	   HELP	      give help information
	   LIST	      give list files in a directory (“ls -lgA”)
	   MKD	      make a directory
	   MDTM	      show last modification time of file
	   MODE	      specify data transfer mode
	   NLST	      give name list of files in directory
	   NOOP	      do nothing
	   PASS	      specify password
	   PASV	      prepare for server-to-server transfer
	   PORT	      specify data connection port
	   PWD	      print the current working directory
	   QUIT	      terminate session
	   REST	      restart incomplete transfer
	   RETR	      retrieve a file
	   RMD	      remove a directory
	   RNFR	      specify rename-from file name
	   RNTO	      specify rename-to file name
	   SITE	      non-standard commands (see next section)
	   SIZE	      return size of file
	   STAT	      return status of server
	   STOR	      store a file
	   STOU	      store a file with a unique name
	   STRU	      specify data transfer structure
	   SYST	      show operating system type of server system
	   TYPE	      specify data transfer type
	   USER	      specify user name
	   XCUP	      change to parent of current working directory
	   XCWD	      change working directory (deprecated)
	   XMKD	      make a directory (deprecated)
	   XPWD	      print the current working directory (deprecated)
	   XRMD	      remove a directory (deprecated)

     The following non-standard or UNIX specific commands are supported by the
     SITE request.

	   Request    Description
	   UMASK      change umask, e.g. ``SITE UMASK 002''
	   IDLE	      set idle-timer, e.g. ``SITE IDLE 60''
	   CHMOD      change mode of a file, e.g. ``SITE CHMOD 755 filename''
	   HELP	      give help information.

     The remaining ftp requests specified in Internet RFC 959 are recognized,
     but not implemented.  MDTM and SIZE are not specified in RFC 959, but
     will appear in the next updated FTP RFC.

     The ftp server will abort an active file transfer only when the ABOR com‐
     mand is preceded by a Telnet "Interrupt Process" (IP) signal and a Telnet
     "Synch" signal in the command Telnet stream, as described in Internet RFC
     959.  If a STAT command is received during a data transfer, preceded by a
     Telnet IP and Synch, transfer status will be returned.

     Ftpd interprets file names according to the “globbing” conventions used
     by csh(1).	 This allows users to utilize the metacharacters “*?[]{}~”.

     Ftpd authenticates users according to three rules.

	   1.	The login name must be in the password data base, /etc/passwd,
		and not have a null password.  In this case a password must be
		provided by the client before any file operations may be per‐

	   2.	The login name must not appear in the file /etc/ftpusers.

	   3.	The user must have a standard shell returned by

	   4.	If the user name is “anonymous” or “ftp”, an anonymous ftp
		account must be present in the password file (user “ftp”).  In
		this case the user is allowed to log in by specifying any
		password (by convention an email address for the user should
		be used as the password).

     In the last case, ftpd takes special measures to restrict the client's
     access privileges.	 The server performs a chroot(2) to the home directory
     of the “ftp” user.	 In order that system security is not breached, it is
     recommended that the “ftp” subtree be constructed with care, following
     these rules:

	   ~ftp	     Make the home directory owned by “root” and unwritable by

	   ~ftp/bin  Make this directory owned by “root” and unwritable by
		     anyone (mode 555).	 The program ls(1) must be present to
		     support the list command.	This program should be mode

	   ~ftp/etc  Make this directory owned by “root” and unwritable by
		     anyone (mode 555).	 The files passwd(5) and group(5) must
		     be present for the ls command to be able to produce owner
		     names rather than numbers.	 The password field in passwd
		     is not used, and should not contain real passwords.  The
		     file motd, if present, will be printed after a successful
		     login.  These files should be mode 444.

	   ~ftp/pub  Make this directory mode 777 and owned by “ftp”.  Guests
		     can then place files which are to be accessible via the
		     anonymous account in this directory.

     /etc/ftpusers    List of unwelcome/restricted users.
     /etc/ftpwelcome  Welcome notice.
     /etc/motd	      Welcome notice after login.
     /etc/nologin     Displayed and access refused.

     ftp(1), getusershell(3), syslogd(8)

     The server must run as the super-user to create sockets with privileged
     port numbers.  It maintains an effective user id of the logged in user,
     reverting to the super-user only when binding addresses to sockets.  The
     possible security holes have been extensively scrutinized, but are possi‐
     bly incomplete.

     The ftpd command appeared in 4.2BSD.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution	 June 1, 1994	     4.2 Berkeley Distribution

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