Proftpd service wont start - unrecognized service and unable to resolve host

June 21, 2014 5.4k views
Hi, I am unable to get proftpd to work. I followed the instructions at When I try to start or restart the service for proftpd I get "
sudo: unable to resolve host wptest 
start: unrecognized service 
. Following "tail /var/log/proftpd/proftpd.log" shows below:
2014-06-20 18:44:18,464 wptest proftpd[2131] wptest: ProFTPD 1.3.5rc3 (devel) (built Fri Dec 20 2013 18:05:41 UTC) standalone mode STARTUP 
2014-06-20 18:48:29,142 wptest proftpd[2131] wptest: ProFTPD killed (signal 15) 
2014-06-20 18:48:29,145 wptest proftpd[2131] wptest: ProFTPD 1.3.5rc3 standalone mode SHUTDOWN 
I am running Wordpress on Ubuntu 14.04. Thanks! Paresh
2 Answers
Are you sure your current host is set to "wptest"? Did you tried to reinstall the service?
  • Sorry for the late reply. I was out sick.

    I am not sure how to do this but I will have to figure it out. When I created the droplet I called it “wptest”.

    Next I wanted to have domain resolve to this droplet (for wordpress site) so I added domain in domain settings I believe. I then modified the /etc/hosts file and replace wptest with

    I have not tried re-installing the service. I’ll research it and try to do this tomorrow.


How are you trying to start it? It should be:
sudo service proftpd restart

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