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I'm using Ubuntu Server 9.10 with ProFTP and Webmin.

I have things set up such that when the FTP user logs in, the user goes to /var/www/[domain]. The trouble is that I don't want them to see the /var/www part, just the [domain] part. Is there a way to do that?

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You can use the setting DefaultRoot to chroot a group to the /var/www/[domain] directory.

For example, this will chroot the group group1 to example.net:

DefaultRoot /var/www/example.net group1

Add to proftpd.conf and restart ftpd. The parameter after the path accepts boolean input.

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Unfortunately this didn't work. When using FireFTP, I still see the /var/www in the path. Perhaps this is a bash thing where I can chroot from a file in there? –  ServerChecker May 24 '10 at 22:44
    
Do you run the version of ProFTPD that supports it? –  Warner May 24 '10 at 22:45
    
Well blow me down. It works now! I must have needed to restart again, or use /bin/rbash -- I did one of those two changes and all is well. –  ServerChecker May 24 '10 at 22:47
    
On the /bin/rbash, I edited the user accounts used for FTP and made certain their shell was /bin/rbash instead of /bin/sh or /bin/bash. Don't know if that was necessary, but that's what I did and then restarted ProFTPD. –  ServerChecker May 24 '10 at 22:49
    
You might consider using /bin/false or nologin instead unless the user actually needs shell access. –  Warner May 24 '10 at 22:58

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