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Starting vsftpd for vsftpd: 500 OOPS: vsftpd: not configured for standalone, must be started from inetd

Earlier today I was configuring VSFTPD on a new server. After installing via the yum package manager on a CentOS server and copying the configuration from another server to mimic its behavior I attempted to start VSFTD and it failed with the error noted in detail below. After the error details there is information on what caused the problem followed by how I was able to resolve the issue.

Error Starting VSFTPD On A Linux Server:

[root@dev vsftpd]# /etc/init.d/vsftpd start
Starting vsftpd for vsftpd: 500 OOPS: vsftpd: not configured for standalone, must be started from inetd
[FAILED]
[root@dev vsftpd]#

As you can see above the error states that VSFTPD must be started from inetd however this is not typical for a VSFTPD installing via yum. After further investigation I noticed that when I copied the config, I simply used copy/paste, I missed numerous configuration options. The one listed below is what causes the error noted above.

VSFTPD Listen Configuration Option In vsftpd.conf:

listen=yes

Once the listen configuration variable was added to /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf I was able to start VSFTPD without issue as shown below.

Start VSFTPD Using init.d Script:

[root@dev vsftpd]# /etc/init.d/vsftpd start
Starting vsftpd for vsftpd: [  OK  ]
[root@dev vsftpd]#

Silly mistake on my part but figure someone else may leave out “listen=yes” and need the information.


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