How do I change the FTP session timeout on a DV server?

  • Applies to: All DV
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: SSH, Root Access


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You can configure different timeouts in the main ProFTPd configuration file. When logged into the shell as root open the /etc/proftpd.conf file and set the time (in seconds) to your desired time. These values should be within the <Global> section of the file.

TimeoutNoTransfer  900
TimeoutStalled  600
TimeoutIdle  1200

Detailed description for these directives, and many others, can be found at

Once your changes have been made, you will need to restart the service with the following command:

service xinetd restart
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