I'm runnning vsftpd on Raspberry Pi, Debian 7.0.

I want to use it to do backups in my Home-LAN only, so security is not an issue (behind NAT/Firewall, only trusted users). I would like full access as anonymous user to a given path /mnt/hd1 which has owner root and full rights 777.

My conf is currently

# cat /etc/vsftpd.conf

With this I get the client error

500 OOPS: vsftpd: refusing to run with writable root inside chroot()

I tried adding


but then my vsftps doesn't start anymore.

How should I configure vsftpd to have full access to a given directory as an anonymous user?

500 OOPS: vsftpd: refusing to run with writable root inside chroot()

is a bug in version 2.3.5, it was fixed in 3.0 but it is not available in Wheezy. See workaround in this Answer on stackoverflow:

This blog here points out how to fix this problem.


The issue being that the user's root directory is writable. The Frontier Group provides you with a fix on vsFTPd.

Here are the steps to be taken (copy paste from the tutorial, in case the link dies)

login as root (or sudo..) and do the following:

apt-get install python-software-properties

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thefrontiergroup/vsftpd

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vsftpd

vi /etc/vsftpd.conf and add the following allow_writeable_chroot=YES

sudo service vsftpd restart
  • The workaround you link has solutions not valid for Raspberry Pi, because vsftpd-3.0 is available in Raspbian repos. – Jaime M. Feb 5 '15 at 19:27

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