Messed up My proftpd.conf file, need help

Hello Everyone,
I am cool with Windows but Linux is like Alien Planet for me. But I just decided to use Ubuntu on my Old laptop to use it as a File/ PHP testing server. I had this setup on Windows and was working fine but have decided to try on Linux

I installed Xubuntu 16.04
Installed Virtualmin on it
configured everything (googling each step), Virtualmin is a messed up thing.

When I got everything running, I wanted to be able to access my USB Harddisk through FTP, somehow I found GAdmin and tried create a FTP user who’s Home directory is USB HD. While trying, I messed up my Proftpd Server. Because GAdmin modified my /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf. Now I can’t connect to my Proftpd Server from LAN nor Internet. I thought maybe emptying the subject file will reset the issue but it hasn’t. Proftpd server is running but I can’t connect to it.

Maybe if someone can help me by giving me a copy of default proftpd.conf file, that comes with Virtualmin, then maybe it can solve my issue.

Please Help

Got it, I just copied proftpd.conf from an other installation which I had done in a Virtual machine, pasted it to my Virtualmin proftpd.conf and wollla, all is working fine, just pasting it here, may come useful for someone in future.

File: /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf (default file, unchanged as it comes with Virtualmin)
Plateform: Ubuntu 16.04
Virtualmin Version: 1.801
Dated: 12 June 2016

# # /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf -- This is a basic ProFTPD configuration file. # To really apply changes, reload proftpd after modifications, if # it runs in daemon mode. It is not required in inetd/xinetd mode. #

Includes DSO modules

Include /etc/proftpd/modules.conf

Set off to disable IPv6 support which is annoying on IPv4 only boxes.

UseIPv6 on

If set on you can experience a longer connection delay in many cases.

IdentLookups off

ServerName “Debian”
ServerType standalone
DeferWelcome off

MultilineRFC2228 on
DefaultServer on
ShowSymlinks on

TimeoutNoTransfer 600
TimeoutStalled 600
TimeoutIdle 1200

DisplayLogin welcome.msg
DisplayChdir .message true
ListOptions “-l”

DenyFilter *.*/

Use this to jail all users in their homes

DefaultRoot ~

Users require a valid shell listed in /etc/shells to login.

Use this directive to release that constrain.

RequireValidShell off

Port 21 is the standard FTP port.

Port 21

In some cases you have to specify passive ports range to by-pass

firewall limitations. Ephemeral ports can be used for that, but

feel free to use a more narrow range.

PassivePorts 49152 65534

If your host was NATted, this option is useful in order to

allow passive tranfers to work. You have to use your public

address and opening the passive ports used on your firewall as well.


This is useful for masquerading address with dynamic IPs:

refresh any configured MasqueradeAddress directives every 8 hours

# DynMasqRefresh 28800

To prevent DoS attacks, set the maximum number of child processes

to 30. If you need to allow more than 30 concurrent connections

at once, simply increase this value. Note that this ONLY works

in standalone mode, in inetd mode you should use an inetd server

that allows you to limit maximum number of processes per service

(such as xinetd)

MaxInstances 30

Set the user and group that the server normally runs at.

User proftpd
Group nogroup

Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new files and dirs

(second parm) from being group and world writable.

Umask 022 022

Normally, we want files to be overwriteable.

AllowOverwrite on

Uncomment this if you are using NIS or LDAP via NSS to retrieve passwords:

PersistentPasswd off

This is required to use both PAM-based authentication and local passwords

AuthOrder mod_auth_pam.c* mod_auth_unix.c

Be warned: use of this directive impacts CPU average load!

Uncomment this if you like to see progress and transfer rate with ftpwho

in downloads. That is not needed for uploads rates.

UseSendFile off

TransferLog /var/log/proftpd/xferlog
SystemLog /var/log/proftpd/proftpd.log

Logging onto /var/log/lastlog is enabled but set to off by default

#UseLastlog on

In order to keep log file dates consistent after chroot, use timezone info

from /etc/localtime. If this is not set, and proftpd is configured to

chroot (e.g. DefaultRoot or ), it will use the non-daylight

savings timezone regardless of whether DST is in effect.

#SetEnv TZ :/etc/localtime

QuotaEngine off Ratios off

Delay engine reduces impact of the so-called Timing Attack described in

It is on by default.

DelayEngine on ControlsEngine off ControlsMaxClients 2 ControlsLog /var/log/proftpd/controls.log ControlsInterval 5 ControlsSocket /var/run/proftpd/proftpd.sock AdminControlsEngine off

Alternative authentication frameworks

#Include /etc/proftpd/ldap.conf
#Include /etc/proftpd/sql.conf

This is used for FTPS connections

#Include /etc/proftpd/tls.conf

Useful to keep VirtualHost/VirtualRoot directives separated

#Include /etc/proftpd/virtuals.conf

A basic anonymous configuration, no upload directories.

<Anonymous ~ftp>

User ftp

Group nogroup

# We want clients to be able to login with “anonymous” as well as “ftp”

UserAlias anonymous ftp

# Cosmetic changes, all files belongs to ftp user

DirFakeUser on ftp

DirFakeGroup on ftp

RequireValidShell off

# Limit the maximum number of anonymous logins

MaxClients 10

# We want ‘welcome.msg’ displayed at login, and ‘.message’ displayed

# in each newly chdired directory.

DisplayLogin welcome.msg

DisplayChdir .message

# Limit WRITE everywhere in the anonymous chroot

<Directory *>


# Uncomment this if you’re brave.


# # Umask 022 is a good standard umask to prevent new files and dirs

# # (second parm) from being group and world writable.

# Umask 022 022


# DenyAll



# AllowAll



Include other custom configuration files

Include /etc/proftpd/conf.d/

You should already know to make a copy before you engage in editing the files.