I'm using vsftpd. By default, when I create a user, they are jailed in their directory which is /home/user. I have enabled chroot_local_user=YES.

On the other hand, I also wanted to create a shared directory for all the FTP users. so in a nutshell, they have their own directory and they have a shared group folder


How can I give the users access to the shared directory over FTP?

1 Answer 1


Try to "mount --bind" the shared directory into the user's directory.

mount --bind /home/actual_share/ /home/someguy/shared/

I assume you'll need to add group write to the "actual_share".

Got the idea from this forum post.

  • @user1666411 -- put the "shared" folder in each user's chroot / home. So if I have two users, bob and betty, I have /home/bob/shared & /home/betty/shared and then the "base" share if you will @ /home/share/ -- then do a mount --bind /home/share /home/user/shared for each user<BR/>
    – dougBTV
    May 8, 2013 at 17:23
  • You're welcome, btw!! Glad it worked out :)
    – dougBTV
    May 8, 2013 at 17:24

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