If your users want a GUI client and they run Linux or *BSD, then they
can easily configure Gftp to use sftp rather than ftp. In this scenario,
you don't need to run Pureftp on your server - sftp (which uses the sshd
daemon) will do the whole job.

In Gftp, you set this up by clicking FTP-Options-SSH, and on the line
that says "SSH2 sftp-server path" type "/usr/libexec/sftp-server". This
is the sftp-server path for FreeBSD, though note that if your users try
to connect to another server that uses a different path (some Linux
distros use /usr/lib/sftp-server) they'll have to change the path.
Anyway, once this option is set, the only thing the user has to do is
click on the "FTP" icon (upper right-hand side of Gftp screen) and
select "SSH2" (as opposed to "FTP"). That's all.

All of the above applies to Linux and *BSD, and maybe to OSX as well.
But if your users are running Windows, I have no idea. It may be
possible with some Windows ftp clients, but you'll have to research that
on your own.

Maybe I haven't really answered your question.

best regards,
Robert

On Thu, 3 Jun 2004 08:26:55 -0800
"Noah" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> 
> > 
> > SFTP is for giving secure-ftp-access to users who also have secure-
> > shell-access (SSH), so I don't think it's appropriate for your case.
> > FTP-logins can be totally separated from shell-logins (with a 
> > separate passwords-database or even virtual users on some ftp-
> > servers), so I think you better go on with your FTP-configuration, 
> > but then use a SSL- aware FTP-client to make secured connections to 
> > your server, not SFTP.
> 
> I dont completely understand here - how can I force people with FTP
> accounts to log in securely? As in - how do I force SSL authenticated
> logins but still allow authentication to the accounts in Pureftp DB
> file?
> 
> thanks in advance,
> 
> - noah
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