I am using ProFTPd as my FTP program on my server, but am unable to login to it. I've enabled MySQL for it so that I can use a web-tool to make users/groups for it. The connection itself seems to be fine, however, logging in doesn't seem to work.

FileZilla is what I use to connect to the server, tells me this:

Status: Resolving address of xx.xxxxxxx.xx
Status: Connecting to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:21...
Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message...
Response:   220 ProFTPD 1.3.3a Server (Debian) [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
Command:    USER lolmewn
Response:   331 Password required for lolmewn
Command:    PASS **********
Error:  Could not connect to server
Status: Disconnected from server

How can I fix this?

I googled quite a lot, but not many people seem to have had this issue. Most of them had port-forwarding problems, or behind a NAT, which I don't think I have since I do get the welcome message.

  • 2
    Wrong password.
    – mailq
    Sep 20, 2012 at 21:07
  • @mailq Wow, really? Huh. I thought I set everything up properly... going back to the config room then!
    – Lolmewn
    Sep 20, 2012 at 21:21

2 Answers 2


Check logs if they say anything. You can find them somewhere in /var/log

If you can't, my hint would be to start daemon in foreground with high verbosity and see what's happening. How to do that:

As root: /usr/sbin/proftpd -n

End it with: Ctrl+C


Check this directory permissions. They can cause this.

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