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Is it possible to have a "super-user" which can login to VSFTPD and view ALL other home dirs?

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migrated from Apr 18 '11 at 6:53

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Yes, the user is called root.

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Thanks Grawity, but by default, root login over FTP only allows access to root's home folder. Is there a way to let root login higher up the directory tree so it can access other FTP user's home folders? – MFB Apr 19 '11 at 2:36
@MFB: Do you have chroot enabled in vsftpd's config? – grawity Apr 19 '11 at 11:04
chroot_local_user=YES – MFB Apr 21 '11 at 3:27
@MFB: You will need to disable chroot for root. Since vsftpd doesn't seem to have an exclusion list, your choices are b) change root's home directory to / c) run a second copy of vsftpd, without chroot, but restricted to the root user. – grawity Apr 21 '11 at 12:29

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