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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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The FTP User

Instead of files being uploaded or managed by a current user when anonymous connections are made to your FTP server, an FTP user is created when vsftp is installed. This user is not a normal user per se, but a name for anonymous FTP users. The FTP user entry in /etc/passwd looks like this:

ftp:x:116:124:ftp daemon,,,:/srv/ftp:/bin/false

The numbers differ on each system because they depend on the number of configured users on the system, but the rest of the information is the same.

Note

The FTP user, as discussed here, applies to anonymous FTP configurations and server setup. Our FTP user is configured to use /srv/ftp as the default directory. Other Linux distributions may use a different default directory, such as /usr/local/ftp ...

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