If you running a FTP server (Pureftp/Proftp) with a CSF firewall (very importantly in VPS or virtuozzo etc), it is very important to to enable passive mode, because this mode, works best for ftp clients protected by firewall since the client initiates the connection. If you dont enable this mode in VPS you might encounter problems like ftp server will be unresponsive or hang.
Along with FTP server running Pure-ftp or Proftp, just follow the below steps:
1. Add Passive Port range 30000-350000 to your Pureftp or Proftp configuration file
open /etc/pure-ftpd.conf, and change this line to:
PassivePortRange 30000 35000
Open /etc/proftpd.conf, and add this line:
PassivePorts 30000 35000
2. Open the ports from 30000 – 35000 in your CSF firewall configuration file under TCP_IN
# Allow incoming TCP ports
TCP_IN = "20,21,22,25,53,80,110,30000:35000"
3. Restart firewall and ftp server
service csf restart
service pureftpd restart (or)
service proftpd restart
Once this is done, open your ftp client and try connecting to ftp server. It should be able to work in passive mode.