Accessing Your Anonymous FTP Site
Inside the home directory of your account there is a directory
called FTP. Within that directory there is a public or "pub"
directory. Inside the public directory (you may also create your
own directories other than "pub" to put files in, so long
as the permissions make them accessible to users) is where you place
files you wish to make public to users on the Internet. Make sure
that any file you wish to make available for download is world readable,
meaning the permissions would be (-rw-r--r--) for files and
(drwxr-xr-x) for directories or they will not be accessible. If
you are comfortable using a UNIX shell you can issue the command
"chmod 644 filename" to make the file available for public
download or "chmod 755 dirname" to make the directory
publicly browsable. Most modern ftp clients (Fetch on the Mac, and
CuteFTP on the PC) allow you to set these privileges from within
Also inside the FTP directory is a directory called "incoming".
Here is the only place your users may upload files to your FTP site.
The files copied into that directory cannot be downloaded or moved
by anyone but yourself. You can create additional directories on
your ftp site as needed but none will be available for incoming
Please note, the other directories in your site, bin, etc, and
shlib do not belong to you, they belong to the server. These directories
are needed in order for your virtual FTP to work. Changing the permissions,
or playing around with the files or directories will cause your
virtual FTP to not work.
How Others Access Your Site
Others gain access to your FTP space by using an FTP client to
connect to your FTP site "ftp.yourdomain". They should
connect using the login id "Anonymous", or "ftp",
and their e-mail address as their password.
You can display a welcome message directing them to a specific
directory or directories by placing a text file containing your
message into your ftp directory. The text file must be named "welcome.message"
and must reside in the "hidden" directory located inside
your "ftp" directory.
How can I prevent others from being able to upload
files into my public ftp space?
To prevent others from being able to upload files just
delete the "incoming" directory. From the UNIX shell
type "rmdir incoming" to remove the directory.
Can I setup private (password protected) directories
for upload or download?
You can find out more about ftp by connecting to your shell
account using telnet or SSH and typing "man ftpd".