configging ftp server

Michael Klinosky mpk2 at
Sun Aug 26 14:19:28 UTC 2007

I'm trying to set up an ftp server (just temporarily). I'm using
pure-ftpd (on F7/gnome).

I'm sure that everything is in place. However, I can't figure out how to
log in. Actually, I haven't created ftp users - I was hoping that I
could log into an extant (standard) user. When I attempt to log in from 
a machine on my lan, I get 'Login authentication failed'.

One big problem - some of the website seems to be offline. The main page
Hit the 'Documentation' link in the upper right, the try to load
anything.  :(

I configged pure-ftpd with:
# If you want to enable PAM authentication, uncomment the following line
# PAMAuthentication             yes
# If you want simple Unix (/etc/passwd) authentication, uncomment this
UnixAuthentication            yes

Then, as it states at the beginning of that config file, I ran its
utility to use this file. I also restarted pure-ftp and xinetd.

The log file (/var/log/pureftpd.log) is empty.

How do I conf pure-ftpd to log into a regular user?

Furthermore, I found this in the message log:
Aug 25 10:30:05 d500 setroubleshoot:      SELinux is preventing the ftp 
daemon from writing files outside the home directory (pure-ftpd).

I checked the SElinux log, and it gave a command to allow this.
However -
[root at d500 pure-ftpd]#  setsebool -P allow_ftpd_full_access=1
Could not change policy booleans

How can I fix this?

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