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I've installed Open Panel, which seems to ship with Pure FTP server. I added a linux user ftpuser, and now I can log in with it. I'd like to specify a directory to which this user starts with when it logs in.

How can I achieve this?

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You can use a program like usermod with its -d option if you have that installed:

 usermod -d /new/ftpuserhome ftpuser

if you don't have that, you can also edit the /etc/passwd file as root and change the 6th field (the one before the last field (: is the field separator).

  • Thanks. Actually I did this in fact, but I thought that I don't have to specify a home directory as a directory where ftp connection leads a user to when initializated (i.e. I thought there is possibility for different home dir e.g. when logged in to the shell, and ftp starting dir)? – forsberg Jan 8 '15 at 10:07
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    @forsberg AFAIK there is for virtual users only (there has to be of course), but since you indicated the linux user ftpuser, IMO this is the solution. I don't know what happens if you specify both, but I assume the virtual user info would prevail. That might however become an update nightmare if you forget to sync passwords between /etc/shadow and /etc/pureftpd.passwd, as there is no fall-through mode for looking up information. – Anthon Jan 8 '15 at 10:14

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