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VSFTPD cant do operations on /var/www/mysite.com

i’m really bad at linux however have been able to setup a webhost, ssl and mysql, phpmyadmin on my ubuntu 18.04 digitalocean server, I also setup a vsftpd server however it’s not working as I expected it to work because permissions are not working. Whenever I do anything in /var/www/mydomain.net (my local root), it gives me an operation failed error. It worked before I changed the local_root to /var/www/mydomain.net (before that it was /home/$USER/ftp)

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Maybe just try creating a new user and set Apache to run as the user:

sudo adduser your-new-user

To set your Apache service to run as the new user. To do that edit /etc/apache2/envvars and change APACHE_RUN_USER and APACHE_RUN_GROUP from www-data to your user. Set the ownership of the /var/www/html to be owned by the new user:

sudo chown -R your-new-user:your-new-user /var/www/html

Then just restart Apache.

After that use that user to connect to your server and it would have access to that directory. Here’s a nice article by DigitalOcean that you could take a look on how to get started with VSFTPD:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-vsftpd-for-a-user-s-directory-on-ubuntu-16-04