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I have set up a FTP server using vsftpd and enabled anonymous upload and download. The problem I have is that when I upload a directory it will be uploaded successfully (I can see it in server), but the next time I want to check that directory, FTP client shows an empty directory!!

There is no error logged in /var/log/vsftpd.log. The pub folder (home folder for anonymous ftp user) has also write permission. I tested various config options but none helped!

The latest config options I set are like below:

anonymous_enable=YES
local_enable=YES
write_enable=YES
anon_upload_enable=YES
anon_mkdir_write_enable=YES
anon_other_write_enable=YES
dirlist_enable=YES

I even turned off firewall once for testing it, but it didn't change anything!

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Two suggestions:

  1. Does whatever user ID that will run FTP have "write" permissions on the "root" directory that vsftpd will use as its current working directory? vsftpd doesn't want a writable working directory.

  2. The vsftpd.conf file can have a hide_file directive. Depending on the regular expression specified by that directive, anonymous users might not be allowed to see any files.

I've had this problem with vsftpd in the past, and I recall having a vsftpd.conf setting that caused it, so read that config file closely, understand all the params and their values.

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Thanks for suggestions. Yes that directory has write permission. When I restrict write permission to owner, I get permission denied while uploading, so I made it world writable. And I checked hide_file, it is not set in config file, which according to unix man page of vsftd.conf should be set to (none). –  saeedn Feb 2 '12 at 6:49
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Have you considered adding hide_file=NO?

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Yes, I tried it, but it didn't help –  saeedn Feb 4 '12 at 9:19
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