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

  • Posted June 21, 2014


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 " <pre>

sudo: unable to resolve host wptest start: unrecognized service

</pre>. Following “tail /var/log/proftpd/proftpd.log” shows below: <pre>

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

</pre> I am running Wordpress on Ubuntu 14.04.

Thanks! Paresh


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

Are you sure your current host is set to “wptest”? Did you tried to reinstall the service?