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I have created an ftp user on my CentOS server.

Now I can log in remotely via ftp using my username and password, see all the directory listings (not limited/jailed) to any directory, but I cannot create a new folder.

When I want to create a new directory, it fails:

550 Create directory operation failed

Note, that I have done the following (when logged in as root):

chmod 775 as well as chmod 777

as the root user on the server itself(using putty).

NOTE: The folder I want to write to is: /var/www/html

How do I get write access to a specific folder for an FTP user?

I see that I currently have the following permissions:

drwxr-xr-x. 6 dextrousdave root 4096 Jul  7 22:30 html
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

As far as I can see from ls you are missing w mark on group permissions. It's like 755 on html folder

try as root with:

chmod 766 -R /var/www/html

it should be drwxrw-rw- dextrousdave root 4096 Jul 7 22:30 html
and if you need execute too than do:

chmod +x /var/www/html


chmod 777 -R /var/www/html
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Cool thank you. But when the user now has access to the /var/www/html folder, will that pose a security threat - Like will he be able to have access up the directory tree (var folder for example)? – DextrousDave Jul 8 '13 at 9:43
you can check permissions for ls -lh /var/www, so if it's -rw-r--r-- you are safe :) But will have permissions to delete everything in html/ dir :| – mirkobrankovic Jul 8 '13 at 9:57
cool, thanks, appreciate – DextrousDave Jul 8 '13 at 11:19
one more thing, how do i remove the permisisons for a user? – DextrousDave Jul 8 '13 at 11:20
remove him from all groups that can read/write to html folder with usermod -G groups,comma,delimited username read HERE – mirkobrankovic Jul 8 '13 at 11:24

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