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Secure FTP access to download area

Item posted by Loic Dachary <loic> on Fri Jul 12 17:08:59 2002.

Secure FTP access to download area Many people complained that rsync over ssh were too difficult to deal
with and that scp alone did not have enough functionalities to
properly manage the upload area of Savannah projects. Savannah now
offers the sftp service which is an equivalent of ftp running over an
ssh connection. It should be included in popular ssh distributions. If
it is not the case, we suggest you consider an upgrade.

A typical usage for project MYPROJECT would be:

Connecting to
Changing to: /uri/

From this point you can PUT files in the upload area and immediately
see them at You can also
delete existing files (RM), create directories (MKDIR) or change the
file permissions (CHMOD).

It is our hope that sftp will make your life easier.

Happy hacking, the Savannah Hackers


problems : (posted by James Michael DuPont, Sun Jun 1 07:51:13 2003)

try 1 :
Connecting to
Connection closed

rsync -av --rsh=ssh ./redland-dist.tgz
Sorry, you are only allowed to execute :
- CVS_RSH=ssh cvs commands
- rsync from /cvsroot or /upload.
- rsync to /upload.
- sftp to and from /upload.
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes read so far)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(165)

any ideas?

Finally figured out how to make this work! (posted by Dan Nelson, Fri Dec 27 22:16:05 2002)

Apparently the sftp-server component is in the wrong place on You need to add the -s flag to force the path that it expects:

sftp -1 -s /usr/lib/sftp-server

This definitely does work; I've tried from a couple different OSes.

the command above is wrong (posted by Daniel Baumann, Sat Jul 27 17:25:16 2002)

the correct command is:

sftp -1

Authentication (posted by Luca Saiu, Sat Jul 27 15:39:14 2002)

Sorry, when I tried the new SFTP access for upgrading the download area of my project, epsilon I was asked for a password.
My login password for Savannah did not work.

I tried:

Have you an hint?


-- positrone



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