You can use the shell script named vsftp under the /etc/init.d directory to start, stop, restart, and query the vsftpd server. You must have root permission to use the vsftpd script to control the server, but any user can query the server (to see if it is running and to see its process ID number) using the status keyword, like this:
$ /etc/init.d/vsftpd status
Be sure not to run two FTP servers on your system at the same time!
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