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I'm using the default configuration for proftpd on Linux Mint with only the following directive changed:

# Use this to jail all users in their homes 
DefaultRoot         ~

I created a user userftp with the home directory as /home/userftp. Next, I mounted an NTFS partition to /home/userftp/files.

I was able to ftp on to the home directory, but I cannot access the files directory. on the server the permissions shown for the files directory are '700'.

On running ls -l inside /home/userftp, I get the following:

drwx------ 1 wretrovian wretrovian 4096 2011-12-25 16:49 files

I assume the problem is that the owner of the files directory should be userftp and not wretrovian. However, running sudo chmod 777 -R files and sudo chown -R userftp files have no effect on the directory, the output still remains:

drwx------ 1 wretrovian wretrovian 4096 2011-12-25 16:49 files

I suppose I wont be able to apply those permissions to an NTFS system, but is their a way I can change the owner of the files directory? Or any other alternative would also be welcome..

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You should mount the NTFS partition with the option uid=. So something like this:

mount -o uid=userftp /dev/<NTFS-partition> /home/userftp/files.

See section Mount options for NTFS of the mount manpage:

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