Need FTP

I need an FTP app that I can manually enable when needed. I am not looking for users to FTP into the server, SFTP is for that…

I have tried installing a couple ftp apps and all result in a "bash: ftp: command not found" error.

Searching around it seems Fedora 15 Server has 'not applied the path' to the ftp 'executable'.

Can anyone offer some insight here? Linux is not my strong hold and am doing what I can to learn…



[root@li340-116 public_html]# yum install proftpd
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package proftpd.x86_64 0:1.3.4-0.9.rc2.fc15 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package          Arch            Version                     Repository        Size
 proftpd          x86_64          1.3.4-0.9.rc2.fc15          updates          3.4 M

Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)

Total download size: 3.4 M
Installed size: 8.6 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404 - Not Found :
Trying other mirror.
proftpd-1.3.4-0.9.rc2.fc15.x86_64.rpm                         | 3.4 MB     00:01     
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : proftpd-1.3.4-0.9.rc2.fc15.x86_64                                 1/1 

  proftpd.x86_64 0:1.3.4-0.9.rc2.fc15                                                

[root@li340-116 public_html]# ftp
bash: ftp: command not found
[root@li340-116 public_html]# service proftpd start
Starting proftpd:                                          [  OK  ]
[root@li340-116 public_html]# ftp
bash: ftp: command not found

4 Replies

proftpd is a ftp server.. which from your info, isnt something you actually wanted.

Id suggest uninstalling that, and installing either ncftp, or lftp.

you could also use 'yum whatprovides*bin/ftp' to get a list of all applications that give you a ftp binary

@Internat thank you for straightening me out


For simply downloading one or more files/directories from FTP, wget (which is the standard download-file-from-commandline app) can do that.

@Guspaz Thank you for the tip.

The issue that I was looking at from the wrong angle is that I need a means of 'ftp' on the server side for a couple applications to automatically configure themselves. I was looking at things wrong by the error received trying to````


````to test the ProFTP installation.

Now I am on the more appropriate track and researching config info to set up this server properly.

This FTP solution will not be enabled all the time. Only as needed. SFTP is the manner used for all remote connections to the server.

Thanks for the info, I will keep it in my notes.


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