Ubuntu – Setup FTP (vsftpd is not running)



I've noticed that my problem is because for some reason vsftpd does not run. Even when I tell it to run via "service vsftpd start". It says the process is running on some PID, but when I check that PID nothing is running.


I'm trying to add FTP to my server. I would like only authenticated users to have ftp access. I also want to allow updating of files and not read only access. However for some reason things are not working. Please note, I will be adding the user "user_foobar". This is what I've done so far:

sudo apt-get install vsftpd
sudo usermod -d /the/folder/that/ftp/should user_foobar

I've then updated the /etc/vsftpd.conf file with the following info:


Lastly I then edited the file /etc/vsftpd.chroot_list to have the line:


However when I restart the service "service vsftpd restart" I get the following output:

stop: Unknown instance: 
vsftpd start/pre-start, process 8478

Also when I try and view the ftp site in Chrome by the following url,


Nothing is shown.

Best Answer

I would recommend remove (purging) your vsftp install and then reinstalling it with default conf files and starting the service and confirming it is running. I think you have a bad conf file that is causing it not to run properly.