My account has been created on a LINUX server and I am able to login through putty. I have changed my password also. But, to move a file there, I tried to connect that server through FTP client. I used Winscp as well as Fireftp both. But, there is no luck. I provided information like below"

Mode: passive
Port: 21

When I checked the port, I found that Port 21 is open on that server.

Please help me about how to connect FTP successfully on this LINUX server. Where I am making mistake?

  • Username & password work when you SSH into the system?
    – slm
    Apr 11, 2014 at 12:01
  • If you get 530 Login incorrect, that means that you did connect. You just weren't allowed to login with the user/password combination you used. Ask the person/s in charge of the server to check their logs to see what went wrong.
    – Jenny D
    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:53

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Having a user inside a *NIX operating system does not mean that you will have ftp access.

Does this system have a ftp server running(probably yes, since tcp-21 is opened), and it is configured to integrate with pam or other of your login management system? Some ftp servers use logins that are not related with the ones created on the operating system. Other systems will require a specific shell to enable you to login using ftp. There is a ton of options that could explain why you are not accessing...

If you are able to login using putty(ssh tcp-22) you could use scp meanwhile to move things to your home directory on that server. WinSCP have support.

  • I am getting Access denied message when follow your instructions in WinSCP.
    – ursitesion
    Apr 11, 2014 at 11:20
  • scp is not different than a ssh session. Is there a way to contact your system administrator? It seems that you may have missed your password or something like that...
    – user34720
    Apr 11, 2014 at 11:40
  • Given he's getting a 530 error and port 21 is open would seem to indicate that the server is up.
    – slm
    Apr 11, 2014 at 12:05
  • That is why i explained that i can be some kind of integration between the ftp server and the server PAM or other login management system
    – user34720
    Apr 11, 2014 at 14:17

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