BCE-O535 Linux and Shell Programming

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Module 4 Software Management

Example 2: FTP Installation

Example Scenario: Managing the FTP Server (vsftpd)

  1. Installing the FTP Server (vsftpd):
# Install vsftpd package sudo yum install vsftpd
  1. Configuring the FTP Server (vsftpd):
    • Edit the configuration file to customize the FTP server settings.
sudo nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
  • For example, you can make changes like enabling anonymous access or specifying a custom directory:
anonymous_enable=YES anon_root=/var/ftp/pub
  • Save the file and exit the editor.
  1. Starting and Enabling the FTP Server (vsftpd):
# Start vsftpd service 
sudo systemctl start vsftpd # Enable vsftpd to start on boot sudo systemctl enable vsftpd
  1. Troubleshooting Installation:
    • Scenario: Let’s simulate a scenario where the FTP server fails to start due to a configuration error.
# Introduce a configuration error (e.g., an invalid option) in vsftpd.conf 
sudo nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
  • Make an intentional error in the configuration file and save it.
# Try to start vsftpd service (which will fail due to the error) 
sudo systemctl start vsftpd
  • Students will receive an error message indicating that there’s a problem with the configuration. They should then troubleshoot the issue by identifying and correcting the error.
# Correct the configuration error 
sudo nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
  • After correcting the error, try to start the vsftpd service again.
sudo systemctl start vsftpd
  1. Removing the FTP Server (vsftpd):
# Stop the vsftpd service (if it's running) 
sudo systemctl stop vsftpd 
# Disable vsftpd from starting on boot 
sudo systemctl disable vsftpd 
# Remove the vsftpd package 
sudo yum remove vsftpd


  • This example provides hands-on experience with managing an FTP server, including installation, configuration, and removal.
  • The troubleshooting scenario simulates a real-world situation where a configuration error may prevent the FTP server from starting. Students will learn how to identify and correct such issues.