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I am using Red Hat Linux Enterprise 5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows.

Could anyone recommend a free and easy to setup/maintain FTP server for my platform? I only need basic features and it will be used by a couple of people only.

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You should have ProFTPD, pure-ftpd, and vsftpd available for installation on your system. While there are other ftp servers out there, these are packaged for RedHat (and RedHat derivatives such as CentOS). I'm not particularly familiar with any of them, but of the three vsftpd apears to have the best combination of documentation + ease of use.

These should all be available on your RH5 installation media, or online via "yum install ..." or whatever equivalent RH5 uses.

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Which one of them do you recommend for a beginner? –  George2 May 18 '10 at 3:32
None. Use SFTP. –  Josh K May 18 '10 at 3:44
SFTP you mean coreftp.com/server ? –  George2 May 18 '10 at 3:48
No. I mean install (should already be installed) SSH and then use SFTP. Much more secure. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSH_file_transfer_protocol –  Josh K May 18 '10 at 3:56
Cool, question answer! Thanks Josh! –  George2 May 18 '10 at 5:44
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The standard OpenSSH daemon has a built-in SFTP service if you enable it. You dont need to run a FTP server on your machine. The SSH daemon handles it by a built-in module. By the way, on Windows the WinSSHD freeware program does this also. Also, using Tunnelier to connect to it is good.


As of OpenSSH 2.5.0, complete SFTP support is included, using the sftp(1) command as a client. The sftp-server(8) subsystem automatically works in both SSH1 and SSH2 protocol.

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Yep. Thanks for the edit. akadia.com/services/ssh_scp_sftp.html –  djangofan Jun 3 '10 at 15:31
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As you mentioned you are sitting on RHEL ..then take a look at vsftpd..easy to install and use. Although as mentioned earlier by others SFTp is gr8! but a bit harder to use for newbie.

Cheers Mate!

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