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My web root, /var/www, is owned by my personal user on the system, however I have also set up an FTP user with /var/www as its home directory.

If I put new files in /var/www via SSH logged in as either user (nano /var/www/something.html) everything is fine and new files recieve permissions 644, which is what I want. New directories put in via mkdir also work fine through each user and recieve permissions 755, also what I want.

The problem is that if I put new files in it via FTP, through either user, they recieve permissions 600, which is not what I want. Directories recieve permissions 700.

So how do I fix it so new files recieve the permissions I want? I am using vsftpd as an FTP server, if that helps anyone.

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In the configuration file of /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf



(ftp whatever user you want them to be)

Look at /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf.example and read examples. It is pretty self explanatory.

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Thanks! I'd been banging my head against permissions that seemed to be correct but still wouldn't work. I should have known it would have been in a config file. – Alfo Jul 22 '12 at 10:28
wouldn't hurt to also run a cron task with a script to verify the permissions say once an hour or so. As root. – tao Jul 23 '12 at 16:28

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