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I'm following the official documentation to install the 3.0.2 version of VSFTPd.


$ wget
$ tar xvfz vsftpd-3.0.2.tar.gz
$ cd vsftpd-3.0.2/
$ make
$ mkdir /usr/share/empty/
$ mkdir /var/ftp/
$ useradd -d /var/ftp ftp
$ chown root.root /var/ftp
$ chmod og-w /var/ftp
$ cp vsftpd /usr/local/sbin/vsftpd
$ cp vsftpd.conf.5 /usr/local/man/man5
$ cp vsftpd.8 /usr/local/man/man8
$ make install

And I get this error after make install:

if [ -x /usr/local/sbin ]; then \
    install -m 755 vsftpd /usr/local/sbin/vsftpd; \
else \
    install -m 755 vsftpd /usr/sbin/vsftpd; fi
if [ -x /usr/local/man ]; then \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.8 /usr/local/man/man8/vsftpd.8; \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.conf.5 /usr/local/man/man5/vsftpd.conf.5; \
elif [ -x /usr/share/man ]; then \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.8 /usr/share/man/man8/vsftpd.8; \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.conf.5 /usr/share/man/man5/vsftpd.conf.5; \
else \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.8 /usr/man/man8/vsftpd.8; \
        install -m 644 vsftpd.conf.5 /usr/man/man5/vsftpd.conf.5; fi
install: accessing `/usr/local/man/man8/vsftpd.8': Not a directory
install: accessing `/usr/local/man/man5/vsftpd.conf.5': Not a directory
make: *** [install] Error 1

Can anyone help me to fix it?

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Read the error message and make the needed directories. – mdpc Jan 8 '13 at 18:57
I do that, but doesn't install again! mkdir -p /usr/local/man/man8 /usr/local/man/man5 – Caio Tarifa Jan 8 '13 at 18:58
While I am a big fan of using distro tools to install software, needing a newer version then the one shiped with your distro is one of the few exceptions I would make. Ubuntu ships 2.x, the poster wants 3.0.2 – Isaac Jan 8 '13 at 19:21
I just tried this on a ubuntu 12.04 system. I got the same error, but creating the missing directories fixed it. Maybe you forgot to use 'sudo' ? like 'sudo make install' ? – Isaac Jan 8 '13 at 19:25
It tells you that the makefile does not define a "target" named "install-vsftpd". So there is not much you can do about it :) Where did you get the idea, that this target installs the bootscript? Maybe that ressource assumes a different makefile. – Isaac Jan 10 '13 at 8:44
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Try to create directories man5 and man8 by mkdir -p /usr/local/man/man8 and mkdir -p /usr/local/man/man5 if they aren't exist.

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