Best FTP program to accomplish this setup

Posted on 2006-11-22
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I would like to have multiple users who after they login, get dumped into their  own folder...
For example.../Ftp would be the main directory and within in that we would have

The user couldnt go higher up then their directory.  I didnt see this configuration possible with VSFTPD
Any Ideas?

Question by:akalbfell
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run the ftp daemon in a chroot jail and then
let it have it's own /etc/passwd file with it's own paths.
(ie the HOME of a user in the FTP jail is /FTP/userA for userA.)

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add this line to the vsftpd.conf


restart vsftpd
that would put them in a chrooted jail.

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ygoutham, what would determine what folder is that "jail"
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ID: 18005882
because what im trying to accomplish is having multiple hosted websites on one box. the websites are setup like this..


if a person ftp's into ftp://website1.com it should bring them into the above directory. If another person ftp's into ftp://website2.com it would bring them into their home directory.
Since all names point to the same address, the username will determine which folder to drop them into.
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ygoutham earned 2000 total points
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the jail is the home folder specified for each user in the /etc/passwd file for every user.  you can always add users with a

useradd -d /some/home/folder someuser
passwd someuser

this puts the entry for the "someuser" as /some/home/folder for the specified user in /etc/passwd file

i would suggest adding a ftpuser account

groupadd someftpgroup

useradd -d /some/home/folder -g someftpgroup someuser
useradd -d /some/other/home -g someftpgroup someotheruser

now all the users created belong to a primary group "someftpgroup".  change ownership of all the folders in


with the following

chgrp -R someftpgroup /var/html
chmod -R 775 /var/html

this ways all the users can do a ftp and upload and write into their home folder.  take a look at the "local_umask" in vsftpd.conf and change it accordingly to make all files uploaded to have 775 as the default permission so that the files may also be usable through the web browser. otherwise httpd which runs as "apache" user by default might not have read permissions and the pages might not be displayed.

but if you want to have different home directories than the html folders, then create symbolic links in the /var/html directory and the webpages might still be served...

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Thanks, exactly the info i was looking for.

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