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I have successfully installed the vsftpd. and it is live, but I get following error:

Response:   500 OOPS: cannot change directory:/home/sovit

What I want to do is direct all local users of the system to the /var/www folder instead of their home root.

Below is the vsftpd conf file:

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Define an unprivileged user with nopriv_user, assuming is ftpsecure
  • Change GID of all the ftp users to the same with ftpsecure
  • Change the umask of webserver user and vsftpd to 002
  • chmod -R g+w /var/www

PS: As another way: you can change the $HOME folder of ftp user to the /var/www instead of setting local_root in vsftpd.conf.

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let me try this – Yalamber Jul 29 '11 at 3:19
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I figured out there was no directory created for user in home directory. I created it and set the local root to /var/www and it worked

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