I have installed ftpd on my Debian client and I'm trying to setup some restrictions but I'm not sure which way to go.

I have 3 users:

  • Bob
  • Alice
  • Max

One group called:

  • Clients

And a new partition called:

  • /dump

Bob and Alice are in the Clients group. Not Max.

Here's my problem: I would want to restrict the users to their home-directory, I don't want Alice to have access to Bobs or Max directory and vice versa. I also want the users in the Clients group (Bob and Alice) to have access to the new /dump partition, Max should not have access.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions :)

1 Answer 1


If you're using vsftpd, try this:

Open vsftpd configuration file – /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

# vi /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

Make sure following line exists (and uncommented):


Save and close the file. Restart vsftpd.

# /etc/init.d/vsftpd restart
  • thank you for the answer! I tried with filezilla and logged in as Bob but I can still access both Alices and Max directory for some reason.
    – grabbhalf
    Nov 5, 2019 at 14:38

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