Setup VSFTPD on Ubuntu Server in 8 minutes

Install VSFTPD then open up the configuration file.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install vsftpd
[email protected]:~$ sudo vim /etc/vsftpd.conf

Update the following variables…

anonymous_enable=NO
local_enable=YES
write_enabled=YES

Save it out.

Create, chown and add a user to that group with the www directory as the home directory.

[email protected]:~$ sudo groupadd ftp-users
[email protected]:~$ sudo chown -R root:ftp-users /var/www
[email protected]:~$ sudo useradd -g ftp-users -d /var/www gneuftp
[email protected]:~$ sudo passwd gneuftp

Restart the ftp server app to load the changes to the variables above.

[email protected]:~$ sudo vsftpd restart

Search Working

Rioghan the Search Dog

My apologies to all of you who have been trying to get around on my site, and being shown absolutely nothing on the search. I installed a plug-in called Search Unleashed and its really a piece of work. No excuses, though – the search is finally working and i cant complain about it.

Dreamhost sent me a letter complaining about my percentage use and deleted my SEO plug-in in an effort to solve that. =( It was possibly the most irritating thing to happen in all of July, so please bear with me. I have been running this craziness on my own server and seen no spike because of SEO, the primary bastard was Search Unleashed.

Indexing for search is a process that lots of applications have to handle. The catch being that you are unable to do it without slamming the server. Search Unleashed is neat, in that it provides a few options, only problem is that each time you change anything it has to re-index, and it only provides a means to do it en-masse.

  • It clears the cache if you change the index type
  • It clears the cache when you update the plug-in
  • It clears the cache when you change an option

And it wont index periodically.

Instead of crying i will simply say that it is frustrating and cover my mouth.

Site & Project Updates

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Sometimes I can get pretty hard on myself. This usually occurs when my listing of things I’ve accomplished during that day ceases to be a priority and I just do. I don’t want to necessarily toot the horn of amazing things to never ignore, but being able to look over your shoulder and see a long list of items on your whiteboard that have bright red slashes through them is bloody amazing and keeps my smile nice and wide.

The last week is no exception, since it was finals i had a lot of free time (no, I never study for my finals ever) so i spent the time cleaning up my forum, working on Project: White and doing some other maintenance for the site, such as cleaning up my SQL Backup script.

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