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A reader is looking for information on some advanced FTP server options in OS X. He's tried the various boards and had no luck, so I'm posting here in case there are any answers out there. He writes:

I've looked near and far and have heard from many other people the same problem. Finding a concise document to set up a FTP server on OS X is hard to find. Basically I am looking for some tips on these few tasks which I can not figure out and I believe would help many other OS X newbies:
  1. I have set up a ftpchroot file to resrict users to their home directories, but how do I provide them a link in their home directory to a community folder for all of them to upload and download from?
  2. How do I limit access to say two logins per user, and limit their bandwidth?
  3. How do I go about setting up groups in user administration say so that all FTP users would be in thier own user group of FTP?
If anyone could shed some light on these relatively simple tasks which are complicated to us newbies please please feel free to provide some answers. Thank you.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 23, '01 02:19:16PM
Sounds like you need to download The Moose's Apprentice (TMA), you can find it at:


www.wundermoosen.com


After you have downloaded it go to the help menu and read the documentation. It nicely explains many of the issues with setting up FTP securely. Even if you don't pay the shareware fee the help documentation is awesome!


Cheers


Yuri

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Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 23, '01 06:47:34PM
1) Once you chroot someone to a directory, they may never leave it. This is a security feature. There some tricks that you could use to simulate a shared directory, but that's an article in itself.

2) The stock FTP server in OS X does not have the facilities to place limits on the number of simultaneous logins, bandwidth, and other things. You'll need to look around for other FTP servers that are more fully featured.

3) If you want to set up some kind of FTP group, use NetInfo. Then again, if you use the ftpchroot feature, there would be little point in setting up an FTP group.


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Authored by: Novajo on Jun 26, '01 08:24:12AM
BY far your best option is proftpd. It is very easy to configure, it compiles with no problem on Mac OS X. You can limit the bandwidth (with RateReadBPS), chroot and all. All directives are available here.

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Authored by: Jadey on Jun 26, '01 09:26:37PM

You wrote, "The stock FTP server in OS X does not have the facilities to place limits on the number of simultaneous logins, bandwidth, and other things. You'll need to look around for other FTP servers that are more fully featured. "

I don't believe this is true. From what I've read, the server that comes installed with Mac OS X is WU-FTP, a very popular server, and one that is used on our linux servers @ work. Although I don't know what files to edit to set these preferences, at work we use webmin at: http://www.webmin.com and it has a section to configure WU-FTP as you'd like it. Webmin does work on OS X.



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Authored by: Yaso on Dec 07, '01 03:18:27PM

I have setup a FTP server on Mac OS X Client and everything work fine except for one thing. I can have more than 10 or so (hard to figure) simultaneous connection. So YES it is capable of blocking the number of users loggin in.

Now I need to increase that number to 100. But I can't find were to set this up?!?

Do you have any idea?
Yaso



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