After my initial freakout with getting tomcat sorted I have moved onto something a bit simpler and so far (from what little I know of sysadmin'ing) I've managed to get vsftpd and nginx installed and working.
I have setup a subdomain (as a test) for sandbox.ourcompany.com and I had it correctly being picked up and served by nginx as a virtual host.
My goal was to create a user account for user "ourcompany", let them login and upload files to /var/www/vhosts/ourcompany.com/sandbox/public. I thought I'd try it with my account (davidsf) first.
But I fear I have messed up the permissions.
Just to recap, I'm on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, nginx and vsftpd from the repository. I am logging in as my account that is also apart of (I think this is right) the www-data group.
I uploaded a text file to the above path, but I get forbidden by nginx.
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4.0K 2010-07-09 21:35 . drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4.0K 2010-07-09 21:35 .. drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4.0K 2010-07-09 21:35 logs drwxrwx--x 2 www-data www-data 4.0K 2010-07-09 21:39 public
This is my permissions:
www-data:x:33:davidsf admin:x:106:davidsf davidsf:x:1000:
How do I make it so if I create a site, I add a non-shell user that they can access the FTP server and manage their files easily? I'm not able to install any control panels unfortunately.