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Hello, I've been having some problems with my FTP server, and thus far have been unsuccessful in solving them. Here they are: I'm running a fresh install of VSFTPD, running ...
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    Cannot connect to FTP server outside of network


    Hello, I've been having some problems with my FTP server, and thus far have been unsuccessful in solving them. Here they are:

    I'm running a fresh install of VSFTPD, running through Xinetd. I've configured VSFTPD to allow local users to log in, and all the other settings I wanted. Now, when I try to connect to this server from the computer it runs on, IE, "ftp localhost", I get no problems. I can log in, download, upload, etc. However, the problem comes in whenever I step outside of my own computer. At first I thought it was just beyond my network, but even the computer in the basement cannot connect to my FTP server. Whether I use my external IP address, my domain name, my internal IP, or my network hostname. They all refuse to even recognize there is anything listening on port 21.

    I'm sure I've got the right ports open, so I'm left at a standstill. Is there anything I'm doing wrong? I'll include a copy of my vsftpd.conf file, just to be sure.

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    # If you do not change anything here you will have a minimum setup for an
    # anonymus FTP server.
    #
    # 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.

    # General Settings
    #
    # Uncomment this to enable any form of FTP write command.
    #
    #write_enable=YES
    #
    # Activate directory messages - messages given to remote users when they
    # go into a certain directory.
    #
    dirmessage_enable=YES
    #
    # 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=ftpsecure
    #
    # You may fully customise the login banner string:
    #
    #ftpd_banner="Welcome to FOOBAR FTP service."
    #
    # 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
    #
    # 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
    #
    # If enabled, all user and group information in
    # directory listings will be displayed as "ftp".
    #
    #hide_ids=YES

    # Local FTP user Settings
    #
    # Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
    #
    local_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)
    #
    #local_umask=022
    #
    # Uncomment to put local users in a chroot() jail in their home directory
    # after login.
    #
    chroot_local_user=YES
    #
    # 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
    #
    # The maximum data transfer rate permitted, in bytes per second, for
    # local authenticated users. The default is 0 (unlimited).
    #
    #local_max_rate=7200

    # Anonymus FTP user Settings
    #
    # Allow anonymous FTP?
    #
    anonymous_enable=YES
    #
    # Anonymous users will only be allowed to download files which are
    # world readable.
    #
    anon_world_readable_only=YES
    #
    # 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.
    #
    #anon_upload_enable=YES
    #
    # Default umask for anonymus users is 077. You may wish to change this to 022,
    # if your users expect that (022 is used by most other ftpd's)
    #
    #anon_umask=022
    #
    # Uncomment this if you want the anonymous FTP user to be able to create
    # new directories.
    #
    #anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES
    #
    # Uncomment this to enable anonymus FTP users to perform other write operations
    # like deletion and renaming.
    #
    #anon_other_write_enable=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!
    #
    #chown_uploads=YES
    #chown_username=whoever
    #
    # The maximum data transfer rate permitted, in bytes per second, for anonymous
    # authenticated users. The default is 0 (unlimited).
    #
    #anon_max_rate=7200


    # Log Settings
    #
    # Log to the syslog daemon instead of using an logfile.
    #
    #syslog_enable=YES
    #
    # Uncomment this to log all FTP requests and responses.
    #
    log_ftp_protocol=YES
    #
    # Activate logging of uploads/downloads.
    #
    #xferlog_enable=YES
    #
    # You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
    # below.
    #
    vsftpd_log_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log
    #
    # If you want, you can have your log file in standard ftpd xferlog format.
    # Note: This disables the normal logging unless you enable dual_log_enable below.
    #
    #xferlog_std_format=YES
    #
    # You may override where the log file goes if you like. The default is shown
    # below.
    #
    #xferlog_file=/var/log/xferlog
    #
    # Enable this to have booth logfiles. Standard xferlog and vsftpd's own style log.
    #
    #dual_log_enable=YES
    #
    # Uncomment this to enable session status information in the system process listing.
    #
    #setproctitle_enable=YES

    # Transfer Settings
    #
    # Make sure PORT transfer connections originate from port 20 (ftp-data).
    #
    connect_from_port_20=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
    #
    # 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.
    # Beware that turning on ascii_download_enable enables malicious remote parties
    # to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in
    # ASCII mode.
    # These ASCII options are split into upload and download because you may wish
    # 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..
    #
    #ascii_upload_enable=YES
    #ascii_download_enable=YES
    #
    # Set to NO if you want to disallow the PASV method of obtaining a data
    # connection.
    #
    #pasv_enable=NO

    # PAM setting. Do NOT change this unless you know what you do!
    #
    pam_service_name=vsftpd

    # Set listen=YES if you want vsftpd to run standalone
    #
    #listen=YES

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    I don't have much time to look over your config file, but have you checked that you have the right ports open in your firewall?
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    Yes, I'm postive that port is open.

    This is also happening with an IRC server I'm trying to set up.

    ftp.headbusiness.com
    irc.headbusiness.com

    However, my webserver works fine, and so does MySQL.

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    If it helps, I'm running a fresh install of SuSE 10.1.

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    Hmm, it seems a simple reboot remedied this problem. Thanks anyways, anyone who even looked at this thread.

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