Proftpd help

Todd Deshane deshantm at
Wed Jun 15 22:21:33 UTC 2005

I have never set up proftpd for this purpose, but
an alternative to this would be to setup your web server
to allow for user directories. If you are using apache check
out the section on UserDir. Usually, it is setup so that a user
can put files in their public_html directory in their home directory
which they already have access to, and they will show up on
the web at http://hostname/~username

Unless for some reason you need to set it up the way you suggested,
users could then ftp into their own directories which they already have 
access to.

Let me know if you need to get it to work the other way and I can take
a look at the proftpd configuration stuff, or find someone that knows already.


On 6/15/05, Shawn Christopher <schristopheraz at> wrote:
> I know, I've emailed the list before with this question. However I'm
> trying to setup proftpd on my system and having some issues.
> Reading the docs on the proftpd site it looks pretty much XMLish however
> with specific tags <Deny All></Deny All> tags for example. However I am
> trying to setup different users withing a specific directory
> /var/www/username if you will. And frankly I'm a little lost as to how I
> would configure proftpd.conf to do this? For example would it be...
> <username /var/www/username>
> foo
> </username /var/www/username>
> or do I use...
> a format of defaultroot /var/www/~
> I'm trying to have so all users can FTP into their own directory on the
> webserver which then their address would be or
> something similar however I only want them to be able to FTP into their
> own directories. All the examples and explanations I have seen is to
> either set the default root to ~ or to chroot them however don't show
> the directory layout for individual users. Any ideas?
> Shawn
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