# Allowing windows explorer to access linux ftp server?

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Hi, I've just installed tiny sofa which comes with vsftpd, and I can access the ftpd via putty ftp, but not with windows explorer. I can use windows explorer with pureftpd, and solaris 10's ftpd server. So I guess there is some setting in the vsftpd.conf file that allows windows explorer to access the ftpd. heres the file:
# Example config file /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf
#
# The default compiled in settings are fairly paranoid. This sample file
# loosens things up a bit, to make the ftp daemon more usable.
# Please see vsftpd.conf.5 for all compiled in defaults.
#
# READ THIS: This example file is NOT an exhaustive list of vsftpd options.
# Please read the vsftpd.conf.5 manual page to get a full idea of vsftpd's
# capabilities.
#
# Allow anonymous FTP? (Beware - allowed by default if you comment this out).
anonymous_enable=YES
#
local_enable=YES
#
# Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
write_enable=YES
#
# Default umask for local users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
# if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
#
# Uncomment this to allow the anonymous FTP user to upload files. This only
# has an effect if the above global write enable is activated. Also, you will
# obviously need to create a directory writable by the FTP user.
#
# Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
# new directories.
#anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES
#
# Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
# go into a certain directory.
dirmessage_enable=YES
#
xferlog_enable=YES
#
# Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
connect_from_port_20=YES
#
# If you want, you can arrange for uploaded anonymous files to be owned by
# a different user. Note! Using "root" for uploaded files is not
# recommended!
#
# You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
# below.
#xferlog_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log
#
# If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format
xferlog_std_format=YES
#
# You may change the default value for timing out an idle session.
#idle_session_timeout=600
#
# You may change the default value for timing out a data connection.
#data_connection_timeout=120
#
# It is recommended that you define on your system a unique user which the
# ftp server can use as a totally isolated and unprivileged user.
nopriv_user=ftp
#
# Enable this and the server will recognise asynchronous ABOR requests. Not
# recommended for security (the code is non-trivial). Not enabling it,
# however, may confuse older FTP clients.
#async_abor_enable=YES
#
# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in
# ASCII mode.
# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),
# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be
# on the client anyway..
#
# You may fully customise the login banner string:
#ftpd_banner=Welcome to blah FTP service.
#
# You may specify a file of disallowed anonymous e-mail addresses. Apparently
# useful for combatting certain DoS attacks.
#deny_email_enable=YES
# (default follows)
#banned_email_file=/etc/vsftpd.banned_emails
#
# You may specify an explicit list of local users to chroot() to their home
# directory. If chroot_local_user is YES, then this list becomes a list of
# users to NOT chroot().
#chroot_list_enable=YES
# (default follows)
#chroot_list_file=/etc/vsftpd.chroot_list
#
# You may activate the "-R" option to the builtin ls. This is disabled by
# default to avoid remote users being able to cause excessive I/O on large
# sites. However, some broken FTP clients such as "ncftp" and "mirror" assume
# the presence of the "-R" option, so there is a strong case for enabling it.
#ls_recurse_enable=YES

pam_service_name=vsftpd
userlist_enable=YES
#enable for standalone mode
listen=YES
tcp_wrappers=YES

# Enable SSL/TLS support for both control and data connections.
# NOTE: You *must* have either a DSA or RSA cert to enable this feature.
#       vsftpd *will not* if ssl_enable=YES and there is no cert.
#ssl_enable=YES

# Allow anonymous users to use SSL
#allow_anon_ssl=YES

# Force local users to use SSL for data transfers.
force_local_data_ssl=NO

# Force local users to login using SSL.

# Support SSLv2
#ssl_sslv2=YES

# Support SSLv3
#ssl_sslv3=YES

# Disable support for TLSv1
#ssl_tlsv1=NO

# Path to DSA cert file
#dsa_cert_file=/path/to/vsftpd.pem

# Path to RSA cert file, default is /usr/share/ssl/certs/vsftpd.pem
#rsa_cert_file=/path/to/vsftpd.pem

# Additional SSL ciphers to allow. See man ciphers(1).
#ssl_ciphers=


Any idea on what allows explorer to access the ftpd? Thanks

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Windows Explorer should work. There's nothing magic about that. One thing that comes to mind: Do you have it running of the default port 21? Explorer may be looking for that.

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