I am trying to get vsftpd file server running on Ubuntu 13.10, I'm unable to connect to the server from another network, although this other network is connected to the server's network and ping is working. Something is suspicious about vsftpd restarting, when configuring vsftpd I'm asked to restart it using:

service vsftpd restart

The output says: "Stop: unknown instance". I don't know what that means?

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A restart job has to kill an old instance first. What is happening here is that there isn't an old copy to kill.

I advise you to try this command instead:

 /etc/init.d/vsftpd restart
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    I think your command worked, it returned: " Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8) utility, e.g. service vsftpd restart initctl: Unknown job: vsftpd Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an Upstart job, you may also use the stop(8) and then start(8) utilities, e.g. stop vsftpd ; start vsftpd. The restart(8) utility is also available." Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 4:31
  • Not ubuntu way.
    – holms
    Commented Feb 27, 2016 at 21:33

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