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    Default I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Hey, everyone. Let me start with I'm brand new to openSUSE, but I'm learning.

    Problem: I can't ftp to our website.

    Background: My boss hosts is his website on his own Linux Server. It has openSUSE 12.1.

    I created a new website on my macbook using wordpress. I want to send it to his Linux server through ftp. Using FileZilla on my laptop, I put in:
    Host: www(dot)domainname(dot)com
    Username: root
    Password: (same password I use to log into this server as root)

    But I get the error, "Could not connect to server."

    Wordpress works fine on Linux if I manually move files with a flash drive. Ftp would be better for constant updates, though.

    Questions:
    1. Do I need to add or configure anything in openSUSE so that I can ftp to this server?
    2. To ftp, should I be using the user name "root" and the password I use to login (or something else)?

    I'm hoping answers will help other noobs with the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mks01 View Post
    Hey, everyone. Let me start with I'm brand new to openSUSE, but I'm learning.

    Problem: I can't ftp to our website.

    Background: My boss hosts is his website on his own Linux Server. It has openSUSE 12.1.

    I created a new website on my macbook using wordpress. I want to send it to his Linux server through ftp. Using FileZilla on my laptop, I put in:
    Host: www(dot)domainname(dot)com
    Username: root
    Password: (same password I use to log into this server as root)

    But I get the error, "Could not connect to server."

    Wordpress works fine on Linux if I manually move files with a flash drive. Ftp would be better for constant updates, though.

    Questions:
    1. Do I need to add or configure anything in openSUSE so that I can ftp to this server?
    2. To ftp, should I be using the user name "root" and the password I use to login (or something else)?

    I'm hoping answers will help other noobs with the same problem.
    You have to enable an ftp server on the boss's server, allow ftp ports in the SuSE firewall and arrange port forwarding through the boss's router to the server.
    I use vsftp to do what you're attempting.

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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Using root user to login is a bad idea. Check the configuration file for many options: /etc/vsftpd.conf

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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    For myself,
    I've been happy running pureftp, it's one of a selection that will integrate with YAST automatically. When you install pureftp, you'll immediately see a new "FTP Server" applet in YAST which can do basic service stop/start, various security settings and configurations. With solution, YAST will automatically configure the details, like opening appropriate FW port(s), User access, more.

    The thing to remember when configuring an FTP Server app is that unlike other file repository systems you need to inspect and configure security on <two> levels... The underlying system level and at the application level. If permissions won't permit at either level, you are blocked.

    Also, depending on how much say you have I personally prefer setting up HTTP/HTTPS access to files if the files don't exceed more than a few megabytes in size. Download is possible with no special configuration, uploading typically requires WebDAV on the Server.

    HTH,
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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Don't use www in a ftp domainname. So host is : yourbossdomain.com
    You need a username and password. If the server is setup correctly it won't even allow root access over ftp.
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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Actually,
    The WWW may be a required part of the URL eg

    Ftp://www.foobar.com

    www is only a kind of hostname, has no relationship to the protocol supportrd.

    HTH,
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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    When you install pureftp, you'll immediately see a new "FTP Server" applet in YAST which can do basic service stop/start, various security settings and configurations.

    HTH,
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    Hey, tsu2. So do you think pureftp is the easiest ftp for me. Like I said, I'm brand new to openSUSE. I'm sure I'll pick it up as time goes on, but I probably need to start with something simple that I can get going.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Thanks Swerdna, I didn't know that logging on as root was a bad idea. I created a new user with password. Much appreciated.

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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    If the server is setup correctly it won't even allow root access over ftp.
    Thanks, info. If I try and log into our openSUSE server from my laptop, shouldn't I be able to use filezilla? then, type in: domainname.com for Host, myusername for Username and mylinuxpassword for Password?

    If I did that correctly, I'm not getting in.

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    Default Re: I want to ftp to Linux Server that has openSUSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    You have to enable an ftp server on the boss's server.
    To enable ftp server on my boss' server, I:
    1. Went into Yast
    2. Selected Network Services, then
    3. Selected FTP Server

    Under "Switch On and Off," current status says: ftp is running.
    Under "Selected Service," vsftpd is selected.

    My ftp server appears to be enabled.

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