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I just installed vsftpd on a rackspace cloudserver running ubuntu.

After a restart I get the following error:

root@scrapy:~# vsftpd 500 OOPS: could not bind listening IPv4 socket

And this error in Transmit when I try to ftp:

Error -203: miscellaneous error occurred while trying to login to the host

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See if this is helpful:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=264003

In particular:

Edit the /etc/vsftpd.conf and make sure that you have commented out the "listen=YES", if you are trying to run vsftpd through xinetd.

I'd run a stop and make sure noone is listening before starting the daemon.

Edit: Re: your second issue, you need to allow FTP on your firewall.

You need port 20/21 tcp depending on active or passive FTP. slacksite.com/other/ftp.html

  • Now I get the error Connection Refused – ian Apr 20 '11 at 5:51
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    Is that from your ftp client that gives the Connection Refused message? In that case, check your firewall. You need port 20/21 tcp depending on active or passive FTP. slacksite.com/other/ftp.html – dmourati Apr 20 '11 at 5:55
  • From my FTP client. Yes. – ian Apr 20 '11 at 6:11
  • See above re firewall requirements for FTP. – dmourati Apr 20 '11 at 6:37
  • Make that an answer so I can choose it as correct dmourati? – ian Apr 22 '11 at 4:06

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