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Old 12-07-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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500 OOPS: child died


I haven't been able to fix the next error. I am using vsftp.

500 OOPS: cannot change directory:/home/javier/
500 OOPS: child died

I looked for posted solutions to this problem on the site and all that I could find is a suggestion that the change directory operation doesn't work since the directory doesn't exist. Though, I am sure that the directory exists. In fact, I can login through SSH and list the directory contents of /home/javier/ . I thought that file persmissions could be the problem, though user permissions should allow the user to read and write that directory and the files in it; and again, it worked when connecting by SSH.

Thank you,
any ideas?

Alfredo Fernández
 
Old 12-08-2006, 05:58 AM   #2
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what is the default directory you connect to via ftp? Maybe /home/javier is out of reach? Take a look at the configuration of the ftp server.
 
Old 12-08-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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I think that the default directory that the FTP client connects to is the home directory I set up for each user. I've looked at the vsftpd.conf file and I can't find anything that looks wrong.

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Old 12-08-2006, 05:53 PM   #4
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so if the default directory is /home/javier and you connect and change directory to /home/javier -- you try to open /home/javier/home/javier

so if you set the default directory in the ftp client to /home/javier then it cant work.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 01:15 PM   #5
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If that were the case, shouldn't the error message look something like this:

500 OOPS: cannot change directory:/home/javier/home/javier/

?

Thank you,

Alfredo
 
Old 01-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #6
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I have exactly the same problem and have not been able to solve it. Very frustrating to only be able to have anonymous logins!

VSFTP experts, where are you?
 
Old 01-18-2007, 11:25 PM   #7
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solution

I was able to solve the problem after a while but I never posted it here, so it's good you let me know you're having the same problem.

You need to allow FTP operations on the fedora firewall. I'm not using linux right now so I don't exactly remember how to do it, but I know that you need to change a SELinux policy in Fedora Core. Look for firewall policies / preferences regarding FTP.

Let me know if you could solve it.
 
Old 01-20-2007, 08:12 AM   #8
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Thank you for replying, alfredofernandeza.

OK I finally solved the problem as well.

In my case however it was not related to the firewall, it was due to a misconfiguration of users homedirectories I had done a day or so earlier. I did usermod -d for a couple of users and set the their homedirectories to a folder that the system could not find, probably because I stated the path relatively instead of giving the full path /home/ftp/

I discovered the error when I logged in at the console as a user (instead of logging in on a terminal using Putty and ssh) - I got an error message and was transferred to root.

So it was easily solved by again doing usermod -d and give a better path - once it was found witch took me several hours....:-)
 
  


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