Temporary FTP access to directory

Hello all,

I’m trying to give a developer temporary ftp access to a directory.

I normally ftp via ssh, though trying to keep things simple I thought only giving them access to the theme directory regular FTP would be sufficient.

I set up the user -> adduser demo

Changed their home directory to the theme directory -> usermod -m -d /path/to/theme/directory/ demo

Setup FTP following this tutorial ->

When I try and connect via Filezilla I get the message -> Error: Connection timed out Error: Could not connect to server

Just wondering if I’m missing anything.

Thanks in advance. D


Thanks guys, forgot to open port 21 on the firewall.

^ exactly what I was about to ask. I suspect you may need to start your ftp service.

Is vsftpd started? service vsftpd status If it is not running, start it

Is anything listening on port 21 netstat -tulpn | grep :21

Let me know how you make out.

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Ok, now I have the port open and the user in the correct group I am getting the error “500 OOPS: vsftpd: refusing to run with writable root inside chroot()”

I’ve followed a couple of tutorials and questions and did the following sudo chown root:root /var/www/html sudo chmod 755 /var/www/html sudo service vsftpd restart

I was still getting the error so try giving the temp user ownership of the directory that need work on without any luck

Thanks in advance, D