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I have an FTP user which i log in into the server via SFTP and a key file. Right, lovely, works like a charm.

Now, by default the user logs to /home/ftp which is not cool. I'd like to know if there is a way to redirect just before the connection to a dir such as /var/www/

Mmm? :)

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Set the user's home directory to /var/www/ and all should be well. Of course, you'll have to move the contents of his current home directory. The command for this is:

usermod -d /path/to/new/homedir/ username

Where username is the name of the user which you are moving the home directory of.

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For the record! usermod -d /path/to/new/homedir/ username – Gabriel A. Zorrilla Sep 2 '09 at 19:54
Or edit /etc/passwd directly – innaM Sep 2 '09 at 19:58
That would not help me out, because i have the auto key files in the home/ftp, if i change the home dir, i'd have to move the key file to the public dir, which i do not want. – Gabriel A. Zorrilla Sep 2 '09 at 19:59
Your only other option is to configure sshd to search the public keys in another place. See man sshd_config and take a look at the AuthorizedKeysFile option. Of course this would change the location of the key files for all users whether they are using sftp or ssh itself. – innaM Sep 3 '09 at 9:13

Another option, which could be changed by the user, is to set the starting directory to /var/www/httpd in the SFTP client software directly. FileZilla, which runs on multiple platforms, has such option, and as far as I know, most SFTP client programs have such option.

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You could modify/recompile stfp-server to only use this directory and modify your sshd_config file to use this stfp-server. See Subsystem and internal-sftp options in sshd-config documentation.

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