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Summary

In this chapter, you learned how to do a variety of tasks involving FTP. First, you learned how to turn on the default FTP server and restrict access to it. Then you learned how to set up an anonymous FTP area that would work with the default FTP server or a third-party FTP server. In addition, you learned how to replace the default ftpd with a highly configurable FTP server, wu-ftpd. You learned that wu-ftpd comes with many compile-time and run-time options, as well as additional controls when using the ftpaccess file. You saw how typical entries in the xferlog file appear for real, guest, and anonymous users. You learned how to create a guest user to access wu-ftpd. You also learned about some alternatives to running an FTP server. You learned that, if you have a need to transfer files between machines running SSH, that scp and sftp are more secure alternatives. You also learned that you could potentially tunnel your FTP connection over SSH, making accessing your FTP server more secure. With wu-ftpd, you learned that you could consider running both an anonymous-only FTP server and a real-users-only FTP server.

You might have found some parts of the chapter confusing. However, as your needs evolve, so will your understanding. You can always return to this chapter to get a start on customizing your FTP needs.


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