ftpmail: Automated Email Notifications of Uploads
ftpmail program is a Perl script designed to read
TransferLog log entries, watching for uploads, and
to send an automatic email notification when uploads occur. To use
ftpmail, you configure your
proftpd daemon to
TransferLog to a FIFO; the
ftpmail program is a FIFO
reading program which then processes those log messages.
The most current version of
ftpmail is distributed with the
ProFTPD source code.
Please contact TJ Saunders <tj at castaglia.org> with any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding this program.
$ perl -MMail::Sendmail -e0 $ perl -MTime::HiRes -e0If you see an error similar to:
Can't location Mail/Sendmail.pm in @INC (@INC contains: ...)it means that you do not have that Perl module installed. Go to search.cpan.org to download the latest versions of these modules, and install them as per their instructions.
Next, you need to create the FIFO that
ftpmail will read from.
mkfifo(1) man page for instructions on how to create
a FIFO. Note that you must use
mkfifo to create a FIFO;
using an ordinary file that happens to have a ".fifo" extension will not work
After that, you need to start
ftpmail running, before
proftpd. For example, you might do:
$ ./ftpmail \ --fifo=/var/proftpd/log/transfer.fifo \ --email@example.com' \ --firstname.lastname@example.org' \ --smtp-server=mail.domain.com \ --attach-file \ --log=/var/proftpd/log/transfer.log &The key is to make
ftpmailrun in the background, so that it is constantly running. If the
ftpmailprocess dies, then
proftpdwill not be able to write the
The next step is to configure your
proftpd daemon to write to
the FIFO you created. Thus in your
proftpd.conf, you would
use the same path as given to
proftpd, log in, upload a file, and see what happens.
One user modified their
ftpmail program was automatically started before
proftpd daemon was started.
The following shows the full list of
ftpmail options; this
can also be obtained by running:
$ ftpmail --help usage: ftpmail [--help] [--fifo $path] [--from $addr] [--log $path] [--recipient $addrs] [--upload-recipient \$addrs] [--download-recipient $addrs] [--subject $string] [--smtp-server $addr] [--attach-file] [--ignore-users $regex | --watch-users $regex] The purpose of this script is to monitor the TransferLog written by proftpd for uploaded files. Whenever a file is uploaded by a user, an email will be sent to the specified recipients. In the email there will be the timestamp, the name of the user who uploaded the file, the path to the uploaded file, the size of the uploaded file, and the time it took to upload. Command-line options: --attach-file If used, this will cause a copy of the uploaded file to be included, as an attachment, in the generated email. --auth $path Configures the path to a file containing SMTP authentication information. The configured file should look like this: user = $user password = $password --fifo $path Indicates the path to the FIFO to which proftpd is writing its TransferLog. That is, this is the path that you used for the TransferLog directive in your proftpd.conf. This parameter is REQUIRED. --from $addr Specifies the email address to use in the From header. This parameter is REQUIRED. --help Displays this message. --ignore-users $regex Specifies a Perl regular expression. If the uploading user name matches this regular expression, then an email notification is NOT sent; otherwise, an email is sent. --log $path Since this script reads the TransferLog using FIFOs, the actual TransferLog file is not written by default. Use this option to write the normal TransferLog file, in addition to watching for uploads. --recipient $addr Specifies an email address to which to send an email notification of the upload. This option can be used multiple times to specify multiple recipients. AT LEAST ONE recipient is REQUIRED. --upload-recipient $addr Same as --recipient. --download-recipient $addr Specifies an email address to which to send an email notification of the download. This option can be used multiple times to specify multiple recipients. If this option is specified, then ftpmail will watch for FTP downloads as well as uploads. --smtp-server $addr Specifies the SMTP server to which to send the email. This parameter is REQUIRED. --subject $string Specify a custom Subject header for the email sent. The default Subject is: User '$user' uploaded file '$file' via FTP --watch-users $regex Specifies a Perl regular expression. If the uploading user name matches this regular expression, then an email notification is sent; otherwise, no email is sent.
Question: I would like to use
to send emails, but only for files uploaded to specific domains. How do
I do this?
Answer: To do this, you will need to configure different
TransferLog files in your different
<VirtualHost> sections in your
The TransferLog file format does not include a field indicating the IP
address (or DNS name) of the server on which the file transfer is occurring.
This means that
ftpmail does not know which server is handling
the transfer. So, in order to have
ftpmail send emails only
for certain domains/servers, you will have to do something like:
<VirtualHost a.b.c.d> ... TransferLog /path/to/vhost1.xferlog .. </VirtualHost> <VirtualHost e.f.g.h> ... TransferLog /path/to/vhost2.xferlog ... </VirtualHost>Then start instances of
ftpmailrunning, but only for the
TransferLogfiles of the domains/virtual servers to be monitored.