Let's suppose I have a user called user1 and his home directory is on: /home/user1. All files on that directory need to be 750 (chmod -R 750 /home/user1).

I installed vsftpd so I can manage my files easy, but there's one problem, if I chmod 750 all files inside that directory, I can't log in via FTP because of this error: 500 OOPS: vsftpd: refusing to run with writable root inside chroot ()

To solve that error I have to chmod a-w the whole directory (chmod a-w /home/user1) but then I can't start some files that I have inside that directory (and that is fixed using 750 permissions).

I have 3 users so I have to jail them inside their home directories. Note that allowing writable root is not a good option, as I don't want users to get out of their home directories.

Is there any way to fix this?

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If you want to have writeable root directories then you need to enable the following option:



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