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I've installed Pure-FTPd and am trying to get virtual users to work with it. Unix users are OK and are able to transfer files but my virtual user that I created can't log in.

I'm running Linux Ubuntu Server 10.04 x64 and this is what I've done:

sudo apt-get install pure-ftpd

changed to standalone in /etc/default/pure-ftpd-common

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sudo pure-pw useradd test -u ftpuser -d /users/testuser

/etc/init.d/pure-ftpd restart

Then I connected to the user test on the FTP-server.

Status: Looking up adress for domain
Status: Connecting to
Status: Connection established, waiting for welcoming message...
Answer: 220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [privsep] [TLS] ----------
Answer: 220-You are user number 1 of 10 allowed.
Answer: 220-Local time is now 21:57. Server port: 21.
Answer: 220-This is a private system - No anonymous login
Answer: 220-IPv6 connections are also welcome on this server.
Answer: 220 You will be disconnected after 15 minutes of inactivity.
Command:    USER evasion
Answer: 331 User evasion OK. Password required
Command:    PASS ***
Answer: 530 Login authentication failed
Error:  Critical error
Error:  Could not connect to server

I know that my password is correct since I've retyped 5 times allready and only contains three numbers.

So what have I done wrong? Maybe it's something with the .pdb-file? but since the user exists in the passwd for pure-ftpd I figured that shouldn't be the problem. I'm most thankful for all the help I can get.

EDIT: Never mind. Found the solution now after a few hours searching.

sudo ln -s /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/PureDB /etc/pure-ftpd/auth/50pure

I think it's strange that people does not mension this in their tutorials and how-to:s. Anyhow, problem solved!

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I recently had an issue which was solved here: > To log in, the shell assigned to your users must be listed in the > /etc/shells file – Erik Aronesty Mar 24 '14 at 18:18

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