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1 Chris December 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm

These instructions seem to get the server running, but I’m unable to connect with any local user. It keeps telling me my password is invalid, even though I can ssh with that username/password just fine.

Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message…
Response: 220 (vsFTPd 2.0.5)
Command: USER ftpuser
Response: 331 Please specify the password.
Command: PASS ********
Response: 530 Login incorrect.


2 brewski November 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

I had the same issue. I had to add the ftp users to the ‘ftp’ group:

# gpasswd -a ftpuser ftp

and then it worked.


3 Vamsi January 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Hi..can we predefine path of the user directory instead of /home/tom ?


4 brewski November 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

For a new user you would do:

# useradd -m -G ftp -s /sbin/nologin -d /home/ftpuser ftpuser

(This also sets the login shell to /sbin/nologin which effectively disables ssh login for the account.)
For an existing user you would do:

# usermod ftpuser -G ftp -s /sbin/nologin -d /home/ftpuser


5 nixCraft January 2, 2010 at 5:17 am

You can define directory while creating UNIX/ Linux user account.


6 Matthew August 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Using the pam file and virtual users with SSL/TLS, would i have to use the user_config_dir= option to set specifics for those users so they have seperate login directories, since those users aren’t in the centos users account, but in the separate pam database file?


7 sleepin November 4, 2011 at 3:48 am

Q:how to remove the ftp account?


8 John December 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

it wont let me upload anything, i am using filezilla, it says error 553 could not create file and 550 could not change directory


9 anon October 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

this is the usual ‘type it in’ and hope for the best.
surely a gui os like suse should at least have a simple gui to add authenticated ftp users


10 Eugene November 21, 2012 at 2:31 am

Guys, note!!! /etc/shells MUST have /sbin/nologin in it, otherwise, you’ll get Login Failed


11 Eugene November 21, 2012 at 2:59 am

Sorry, NOT /sbin/nologin, but valid shell


12 Peter Alvin July 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I get this when I try to log on:
500 OOPS: cannot change directory:/home/pete


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