I've just compiled pure-ftpd (v1.33) using

./configure --with-pam --with-puredb

on my Mac mini Lion and pure-ftpd works fine but I can't access it

because of the authentication problem.

/usr/local/bin/pure-pw useradd root -u 0 -g 0 /private/var/root

tells me to give non-root uid and gid.

I want the ftp server to provide a root access, how can I achieve that?

BTW, interestingly on my Leopard Mac mini, I had compiled the same program 2 years ago and on it the pure-ftpd does accept the root user! (i.e. when I login the directory listed is /private/var/root and I do rwx rights to every folder on harddisk)

So I'm sure there must be a way to achieve this. I've browsed the /configuration-file/pure-ftpd.conf file and couldn't see something like 'AllowRoot' anyway I don't remember arranging any conf file on the Mac mini Leopard.

The last thing I want to note is that the root password I enter on ftp is different than the one on the OS's user root. A bit puzzling really.

Any suggestion is appreciated, thanks.

1 Answer 1


I found the solution

1- In Lion the PAM scheme is a bit different than Leopad, the /etc/pam.d/pure-ftpd file in particular. That's why the default pure-ftpd configuration in Lion didn't work. As a quick fix, you have to:

cp /etc/pam.d/ftpd /etc/pam.d/pure-ftpd

i.e. you copy the Lions' default ftpd PAM scheme to pure-ftpd. It works.

2- For Lion, you have to install pure-ftpd-1.0.36, not 1.0.33 otherwise it hangs while trying to login to pure-ftpd.

3- Lastly, you have to set a password for the user you want to use. In my case I set for root (don't worry about the root access, the pure-ftpd is not open to Internet I use it solely inside LAN for development)

passwd root (enter any password)

Because you can set any password here, your root password can be different from the Mac OS X's user with root privileges.

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