Proftpd: Make Sure FTP Client Does Not Timeout

by on December 18, 2008 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED December 18, 2008

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Q. I'm using ProFTPD FTP server under CentOS Linux. How do I make sure that my FTP client does not disconnect or timeout connection to FTP server?

A. Most ftp client can ping to FTP server to stay connected but some client cannot do this. However, you can increase timeout on server itself.

TimeoutNoTransfer directive

The TimeoutNoTransfer directive configures the maximum number of seconds a client is allowed to spend connected, after authentication, without issuing a command which results in creating an active or passive data connection (i.e. sending/receiving a file, or receiving a directory listing).

Open your /etc/proftpd.conf file, enter:
# vi /etc/proftpd.conf
Set TimeoutNoTransfer to 1200 from default 300:
TimeoutNoTransfer 1200
Restart proftpd:
# service proftpd restart

See ProFTPD tutorial for more information.

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1 Marvin June 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m using FileZilla and all of the “failed” files say that the reason they failed is that they “Timed Out.”

Is there some other FTP client I should be using instead? Is there anything I can do about this? Is it the server (webhost) itself that is the problem?

It’s extremely frustrating… I’ve successfully ftp’d many times before, but now I can’t get it to work… (I’m trying to upload and install wordpress – which I’ve done before many times…)

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2 nixCraft June 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

It is possible that network or your ftp server have some sort of problem. You better contact your hosting company.

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