We need to transfer a file from local machine to remote machine. Remote machines settings are as below:

[540607@hsldevoradb ~]$ su - Saphr002
[Saphr002@hsldevoradb ~]$ pwd
[Saphr002@hsldevoradb ~]$ ls -ld /odi/CSV/in
drwxrwxr-x. 2 oraedw oedw 4096 Oct 28 18:33 /odi/CSV/in
[Saphr002@hsldevoradb ~]$ groups
Saphr002 oedw
[Saphr002@hsldevoradb ~]$ touch a
[Saphr002@hsldevoradb ~]$ ls

Here /odi/CSV/in is the home directory for the user Saphr002. There is full permission for the directory /odi/CSV/in to the user Saphr002 and we are able to create a file inside that directory remotely. But whenever we try to transfer file from ftp, it will throw a "553 Could not create file" error.

Connected to
220 (vsFTPd 2.2.2)
User ( Saphr002
331 Please specify the password.
230 Login successful.

ftp> put test.csv.odt
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
553 Could not create file.

Kindly help to transfer the file through ftp.

  • Can you check if SELinux is enforcing with the command 'sestatus'? If you are attempting to FTP to a user's home directory you most likely do not have the correct SELinux context to create files. Oct 28, 2013 at 15:09
  • Thanks for your response. SELinux is enabled in the remote server
    – user44663
    Oct 29, 2013 at 6:12

1 Answer 1


In order for SELinux to allow ftpd to access these files they must have the appropriate context.

The following example is from RHEL. Your paths, etc may vary:

To find the appropriate content you can use ls -Zd /var/ftp/pub (or an appropriate directory configured for ftp). You should see the SELinux contexts just before the filename.
Example: drwxr-xr-x. root root system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0 /var/ftp/pub

public_content_t is the appropriate type for ftp content.

You can then use the chcon command with --reference or by specifying the type itself.
chcon -Rt public_content_t /odi/CSV/in or you can use
chcon --reference /var/ftp/pub /odi/CSV/in

Which one you use depends on your SELinux policies. Once completed, retry your FTP process.

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