Subject: Re: status of
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Steven Grunza <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 08/09/2001 13:59:35
The "-" didn't work (see below).  I'll try to talk with our Network Admin...

hw-sbus# ftp
Connected to
220 FTP server (NetBSD-ftpd 20010417) ready.
Name ( -ftp
331 Password required for -ftp.
530 Login incorrect.
ftp: Login failed.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.

At 09:41 AM 8/9/2001 -0400, Todd Vierling wrote:
>On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>: >220-
>: >220 FTP server (NetBSD-ftpd 20010417) ready.
>: Someone else had a similar problem a few weeks ago.  I had a similar
>: problem several months ago.  My problem turned out to be a
>: configuration issue on a Checkpoint firewall.  Here's what our network
>: administrator said:
>This doesn't work with all firewalls (because they don't all have the
>configuration to get around this).  I've had problems with this in the past
>when working for companies with Internet gestapo divisions....
>The problem is the leading "220-" line on the FTP greeting, above.  This is
>caused by the "ftpwelcome" file (see ftpd(8)), which is currently an
>existing but empty file on
>Not all firewalls are capable of dealing with extension lines.  You can
>prepend "-" to the username to omit them, but only if you get the login
>prompt first (before any extension lines are sent).
>I've Bcc:'d the NetBSD server admins on this; hopefully it will be fixed.
>ADMINS:  Someone please remove the /etc/ftpwelcome file entirely from
>  Thanks.
>-- Todd Vierling <>  *  Wasabi NetBSD:  Run with it.
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