I have my own dev-server that I installed with Ubuntu 11.04. When I set it up, I was fairly new to the whole "server thing", so I'm not sure that I set up everything 100% up to industry standards.

The problem I am having, is that trying to automatically update things almost never works when using drupal's UI.

I usually got around this, by just ssh-ing into my server, and using drush to update everything.

The problem now, however, is, that instead of updating the site, I am trying to install "apps" (not modules), and I am not sure how to do this with drush. (plus I want to figure out how to fix this FTP problem anyway)

What usually happens, is that I will get an error (not a specific one, just one that is saying Error installing nameofmodule)

Recently though, I tried using a different user account with direct access to the folder (it being the user's home folder), and I am getting the folowing error

Warning: ftp_login(): Login incorrect. in FileTransferFTPExtension->connect() (line 59 of ..../includes/filetransfer/ftp.inc).
Failed to connect to the server. The server reports the following message:
Cannot log in to FTP server. Check username and password

I know the username and password are correct, I checked them more than a dozen times in terminal, however, I realized, that whenever I ftp into the server, I get an error if I use ftp, but I instead have to use sftp.

Is that what my problem is? If it is, how can I get Drupal to use sftp or ssh to transfer files instead of just ftp?

PS. If it helps, I am using the OpenEnterprise 7.x-1.x-dev distribution of Drupal


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I would still like to be able to use sftp, but for now, I was able to set up ssh here's how I did it:

user$ sudo apt-get install libssh2-php
user$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

And now I can use the update manger with ssh, which works, for now......

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    SFTP is provided by the same php extension but there is no file transfer implementation for that provided by Drupal. The now deleted answer by Charlie S provided a link to a related issue: drupal.org/node/1018858
    – Berdir
    Apr 29, 2012 at 15:51

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