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How do I find out or know whether or not an FTP client is enabled or disabled on my Linux machine?

If it is disabled, how do I enable it?

I have a Linux 2.6.9-67.ELsmp

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As implied in my answer below. If you install Open SSHD on your system, as everyone should do, you can avoid FTP, and get a much more secure file transfer (SFTP) that works just as easily as FTP would. And, obviously, if you want a SFTP client, use psftp . –  djangofan Nov 9 at 1:39

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type ftp in the shell and look for what it says.

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Simple and most likely effective. :) –  Hennes Nov 9 at 0:00

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Downvoted, but to be constructive:

I assume you mean FTP server and not client. You could try ftp localhost to see if you're running one. How to "enable" it depends on your distribution. Shot in the dark might be sudo apt-get install proftpd or similar.

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yaa ftp server means i would like to simple do file transfer using ftp –  amit tomar Jul 12 '10 at 13:59
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Its actually more difficult (slightly) to setup a regular FTP server than it is to use SFTP. You might as well use SFTP. –  djangofan Jan 26 '12 at 20:07

To enable FTP , just install the package "sshd" . Then you can connect to your server with a SFTP client like Putty or PSFTP.

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ssh(d) does not provide a FTP server. (it might provide an sFTP server but depite the similar names they are quite different. FTP is ancient, plain text and not used anymore. sFTP is much more modern and uses encryption). –  Hennes Nov 9 at 0:00
    
@Hennes - you are incorrect about that. starting with version 5, there is an available SFTP subsystem for sshd. Notice that I did not suggest that he use FTPS. –  djangofan Nov 9 at 1:36

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