On 2007-08-15, at 0208, Tom Collins wrote:


OK, so it's off-topic, but can anyone recommend an FTP server or web-based file manager that I can deploy on my hosting server that either integrates with vpopmail (like maybe Pure-FTPd) and has a nice interface for managing accounts? I only have two IPs for my server, so multiple clients would share the same FTP server. I'm considering having usernames that include domain names for logging in, and thought that QmailAdmin might be a good interface for managing the FTP accounts. Web may be a better way to go, because FTP is already in use by clients for managing their web content. If I use Pure-FTPd or vsftpd, it will need to be configured for both system users and virtual users.

A well-designed, web-based file manager would be a great replacement for FTP. A search on SourceForge didn't turn up many promising leads. Lots of stuff that hasn't been maintained since 2004, or has less than 1000 downloads.

Any recommendations?

no recommendations, but it's starting to give me ideas... and that's a scary thing when you've been up all night.

somebody needs to write a "qmail-ish" FTP server, one which supports the same checkpassword mechanism that qmail's pop3 server uses. think of an "ftp-popup" program, which runs a checkpassword program (such as vchkpw), which then runs an "ftp-server" program. the "ftp-server" program would have support for the standard commands compiled into it, so it doesn't need to fork out and run "ls" to handle a "dir" command from the client, and therefore wouldn't need an elaborate "jail" directory to be created in order to chroot() a user into their $HOME directory.

of course, because it would be able to use vchkpw as a checkpassword program, it would work with any authentication mechanism supported by vpopmail... and therefore be manage-able using any GUI which works with vpopmail.

i think i'm going to start reading RFC 959...

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