vsftpd chroot errors on Ubuntu
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If you’ve been struggling to get vsftpd (2.3.5) on Ubuntu (12.04 - Precise) this is due to a security feature that prevents the chroot from being writeable.
This is a major problem if you have virtual users and your using PAM and MySQL to administrate FTP user accounts.
You might have spotted the message:
It seems that beyond a new release of vsftpd, the only way is to force an install of either a backported copy of the application which means linking to a third-party repository or this code below which is from the debian.org servers (thanks to boxtricks.com).
The following snippet is for 64-bit Ubuntu servers only. You can find other versions here: http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/v/vsftpd/
Try that and let me know how you get on.