I installed vsFTPd for running an FTP server on Debian 7.3 (Wheezy). I checked the vsFTPd version was 2.3.5, and I configured it like so:


I followed these articles for solving this problem:

And many others on Google and forums, but my problem was not solved.

NOTE: I have solved this problem on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), but that solution does not work on Debian 7.3.

I really mixed up on it?!

  • Both links seem to be broken (timeout and 404, respectively). – Peter Mortensen Sep 29 '18 at 12:33
  • @PeterMortensen, I'm sorry, this answer is too old so those links are broken by their provider. So, I can't do any thing for them. – shgnInc Sep 30 '18 at 13:24

I searched for it toooooooooo much, and I really mixed up, so I decided to change vsFTPd to SFTP or something else, till I found a link about this bug.

Then I found out this problem was solved in vsFTPd version 3. So I searched how to upgrade it and could find to add the jessie repository to my Debian 7.3 installation and upgrade it so:

echo "deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
aptitude update
aptitude upgrade vsftpd
echo "allow_writeable_chroot=YES" >> /etc/vsftpd.conf
service vsftpd restart

Now it works correctly for me.

  • You are right about the Jessie thing but I would not suggest people to just add a Jessie repository to Wheezy. It also wants to update libc and there is a good chance to destroy your disitribution that way. – John Oct 29 '15 at 2:19

Just add


to the configuration and restart the service with service vsftpd restart

Then "allow_writeable_chroot=YES" will work also with newer vsFTPd versions (found in 500 OOPS: vsftpd: refusing to run with writable root inside chroot() Keep user jailed).

  • For me it was enough to just add allow_writeable_chroot=YES to /etc/vsftpd.conf – Black Nov 29 at 10:47

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