Tuesday I asked for ideas on how to notify anonymous ftp users when they
log on that our ftp site has moved to a new machine. I got a variety of
1. Use the wuarchive ftpd instead of the one Sun supplies. I was looking
for somtheing simpler, but this is the approach I finally took simply
because it was the only one that worked the way I needed it to. I had
intended to put up this ftpd on the new site anyway; I just did it
sooner than I had planned. BTW, ftp.uu.net has the wuarchive ftp
daemon plus some patches of their own (/networking/archival/ftp).
2. CNAME the old ftp host name to point to the new server. This would be
a viable solution if the old ftp host weren't still on the network but
A couple of people also suggested fixing the mistake of my predecesors
by using a generic name for the ftp host. I had already made a CNAME
for ftp.rsch.oclc.org that points to the new ftp host.
3. Change the inetd.conf entry to cat a message file instead of invoking
ftpd. Aside from the side effect of preventing ANY ftp, anonymous or
not, the ftp client only displayed the first line of a multi-line message
4. Change the shell for the 'ftp' user in /etc/passwd. I tried this before
I posted the question. Ftpd cheerfully ignores the shell in /etc/passwd.
5. Have a README file (or a file named USE_OTHER_SITE or similar) be the
only file visible to anonymous ftp users. Simple, yes, but probably
not obvious enough.
Thanks to the following people who responded:
email@example.com (Michael G. Harrington)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim F O'Donoghue)
email@example.com (Bill Stapleton)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Luebker)
email@example.com (Ken Nawyn)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Prior)
email@example.com (Jon J. Brewster)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Lord)
email@example.com (Jim Davis) [I got a kick out of you quoting
Clarissa Darling in your .Sig]
============================== Original Message ==============================
Past sins do come back to haunt you. When we first set up an anonymous FTP
site several years ago, users FTP'ed to a specific host name. Now that host
(an old Sun-3 server) is about to retire and the FTP site has a new home.
It is easy enough to completely disable anonymous ftp on the old machine. What
I'd like to do is give users a message referring them to the new FTP site
before it kicks them off. Can I do this and, if so, how?
The old machine is a Sun 3/280 running SunOS 4.1.1_U1. We are using the
standard ftpd daemon from Sun.
-- George Pallas Voice: 614-764-6301 Manager, Systems Management Section FAX: 614-761-5047 OCLC, Inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 6565 Frantz Road "This time for SURE!" Dublin, OH 43017 -- Bullwinkle J. Moose -- George Pallas Voice: 614-764-6301 Manager, Systems Management Section FAX: 614-761-5047 OCLC, Inc. Email: email@example.com 6565 Frantz Road "This time for SURE!" Dublin, OH 43017 -- Bullwinkle J. Moose
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