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Old 08-31-2005, 03:56 AM
espinozj espinozj is offline
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Pure-FTPd/cPanel - FTP Welcome Message (Old Subject, Need Answer)

Greetings All;

I know that someone had asked this question before, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.

I've searched these forums and still no dice.

I'm trying to find out how to either delete or change the default welcome message/banner that's given when someone connects/accesses the PureFTPd server, from a non-FTP client as in Internet Explorer.

Currently, if someone navigates to the FTP address (, they get the following:


220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [TLS] ----------
220-You are user number 1 of 50 allowed.
220-Local time is now 11:35. Server port: 21.
220-This is a private system - No anonymous login
220 You will be disconnected after 15 minutes of inactivity.
530 This is a private system - No anonymous login


I've already tried searching/changing the following files in various directories:



...but still no dice.

Maybe I'm not getting to the right file. I'm currently utilizing Pure-FTPd through cPanel on a VPS Server.

Hmm...maybe I should just do a brand-new and separate install of Pure-FTPd and run it on a different port, perhaps I'll get more flexibility that way?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 08-31-2005, 05:35 AM
apollo apollo is offline
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OK.. that is easy. If you want to disable pure-ftpd welcome message at all. you will need to compile it with the flag --no-banner
if you want to change the default one to your own welcome msg, add when you start up pire-ftpd

-F /pure-ftpd/welcome.msg

where /pure-ftpd/welcome.msg is the path/filename to your new welcome.msg

Old 08-31-2005, 11:25 AM
espinozj espinozj is offline
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Hey Apollo!

Thanks a million for the help!

Hey, do you think that there will be any issues with 're-compiling' pure-ftpd, since it's part of a cPanel installation?

I wonder if my changes will be 'reverted' by any cPanel updates done to the cPanel installation on the VPS Server?

What do you think?


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Old 09-04-2005, 01:45 AM
pycoder pycoder is offline
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I doubt it would cause any troubles regarding cPanel. cPanel doesn't rely on the welcome message of an FTP problem


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