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I am having difficulty installing proftp or pureftp on centos 6. I have followed the typical instructions (alternatively) which go like this

# Add EPL repository
rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

# Install
yum install proftpd

# Alternatively
yum install pure-ftpd

The result is the same

Loaded plugins: auto-update-debuginfo, fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
Setting up Install Process
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: centos.mirroring.pulsant.co.uk
 * extras: mirrors.clouvider.net
 * updates: centos.mirroring.pulsant.co.uk
No package proftpd available.
Error: Nothing to do

Or as the case may be

No package pure-ftpd available.
  • Looks like probably epel on your machine is not enabled. Even though you installed it, you may have to enable it manually. Check /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo and set it to enabled=1 if it's not already. – Bart Jul 3 at 12:37
  • Odd. I get /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo: No such file or directory. Actually epel.repo is in /etc/yum.repos.d/archive. – Olumide Jul 3 at 12:41
  • move the file to /etc/yum.repos.d/ and retry – Bart Jul 3 at 12:44
  • Great success! BTW, do you know why stuff gets moved to archive? – Olumide Jul 3 at 12:47
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    Ok. Can you create a proper answer so that I can mark it as correct. – Olumide Jul 3 at 12:49
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Looks like probably epel on your machine is not enabled.

Even though you installed it, you may have to enable it manually.

Check /etc/yum.repos.d/ for epel.repo file and set it to enabled=1 if it's not already.

As per your finding, check also /etc/yum.repos.d/archive, as the file may be put there by the package installation.

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