Hey there, I'm currently having problems installing proftpd correctly.

At some point the pakage was already installed but when I try to install don't get a selection screen to preconfigure the server neither are any config files created.

I already tried to purge/reinstall/install/remove/clean/autoclean via apt-get but nothing seems to fix the problem.

Is there a way to force a "clean/fresh" install?

3 Answers 3


Alright I fixed it. The config files where bound to another package (proftpd-basic).

So using the following commands fixed the problems:

apt-get purge proftp*
apt-get install proftpd
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    Note that you can use apt-get purge in place of apt-get remove --purge. That's unless you are using a very old version of APT (older than mid-2007).
    – tshepang
    May 10, 2011 at 15:31
  • @Tshepang urghs I probably should look at the date of the posts I read more often - thanks :)
    – Flatlin3
    May 10, 2011 at 18:45
  • How is it that the simple solutions always go un-noticed? I was just beating my head against the desk trying to remove samba. Thanks for the tip. Oct 26, 2011 at 14:43

Purge and install should work, so you may have some more severe underlying problem.

You may also try:

dpkg-reconfigure proftpd

and see what results you get.


To reinstall:

apt-get install --reinstall proftpd

If this does not work, uninstall, remove all its configuration, and install again:

apt-get remove --purge proftpd
rm -rf /etc/proftpd
apt-get install proftpd

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