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I have the following config on my Ubuntu 12 server:

1 - vsftpd installed and configured with the config file settings:


#chroot_list_enable=YES  (commented out)


2 - I have an ftp user setup in which their home directory is


3 - When I connect to the server with filezilla with the new ftp username, filezilla automatically shows the webroot, as desired.

The problem is the permissions of the files; every file the ftpuser uploads to the /var/www directory are set so both the owner and the group of the file is of the ftp user.

Also the permissions are


Which of course means every file a try to access through a std browser receives the forbidden warning.

The /var/www's owner is 'www-data' and the group is 'webroot'.

webroot is a group I created separately and added the ftp user to, along with a few others.

How can I best correct this so that a std browser doesn't receive the forbidden warning when trying to view a file uploaded by the ftp user?

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Firstly I believe you should do a chmod g+s on /var/www. This will ensure that files created in this directory inherit the group from the parent directory.

Secondly, it looks like the file mode can be controlled by a vspftpd.conf value:

 The permissions with which uploaded files are created. Umasks are applied on top of 
 this value. You may wish to change to 0777 if you want uploaded files to be executable.
 Default: 0666

If you're still having problems, have a look at the umask for the FTP user, this may be set in the user's ~/.bashrc

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Thanks, I also added the following: local_umask=022 chmod_enable=YES file_open_mode=0755 This seems to have fixed the permissions issue but I will give your g+s suggestion a go to make the files inherit the correct groups as well. Thanks – John Feb 9 '13 at 16:46

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