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New user to own files made by root?

when I installed debian 8, all files are created and owned by root, when I add new user, for example marco, he can't create directory or change files created by root. I tried with ftp, permission denied.

so, I am interested how to grant to user marco ownership of all files in the system so he can make directories, files, change existing files (owned by root), etc?

I tried to add marco in /etc/sudoers ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL the same as root, but it didn't help. I added also user marco to the root group but again the same situation.

I must use another user, because proftpd refuses root, they/developers got idea that all people will have sever with 100 users and I just want one ftp user (root), but proftpd refuses root user. now I must use marco or proftpd user and grant to that user ownership of all files in the system.
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ALL files in the system? I doubt that. You should have an ftp working directory, or a few of those, or maybe a user's home directory, to send and receive files. These can be chowned or chmoded. The rest should be left alone.
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I have NEVER seen one true unix system where a user owned all files, there are very good reasons why, and if we showed you how to give marco the ownership of alll, the next post you will be sending is how to get on your box that isnt working propely anymore... and all that can be done is a complete reinstall.. Is that what you want?

In other terms, users have right given by root, at some places only... That is what you have to decide: Where should marco have right to do what he want other than his home directory... It cannot be in a system file-system so forget about /bin etc....

Usually users have dedicated filsystems for their soft and data e.g. oracle

Last edited by vbe; 10-08-2015 at 01:08 PM..
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Okay, thank you for informationm, then marco should be able to do what he wants in /var/www and it subfolders (html in debian, it is like public_html), but /var/www/html is onwed by www-data/apache.
should I then assign user apache to proftpd or I should somehow assign www folder to marco? but then in first case, I should make password for user apache and I don't think it is good. any advice?
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What group is /var/www assigned to? Make marco belong to that group as well.

---------- Post updated at 19:28 ---------- Previous update was at 19:25 ----------

And, of course, chmod /var/www accordingly.
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Originally Posted by RudiC
What group is /var/www assigned to? Make marco belong to that group as well.
And, of course, chmod /var/www accordingly.
Hi, thank you for answer,
/var/www/html folder belongs to the user "apache/www-data" and to the group "root".
therefore, I assigned user proftpd (marco, whatever) to the group root and after that I tried to create folder and files, I could do it only in html folder, not outside of it. that's what I wanted.
to change files everywhere, i can use sftp instead of ftp, sftp let me to login as root and change and create files anywhere in the system. I tried it now with winscp and filezilla and it works. when I login as proftpd I can change files only in /var/www/html

for people who need the same solution, use next commands, just change proftpd with your parameters, marco, proftpd, anything, adapt it to your case:
# if you want to list all groups in your system:
cut -d: -f1 /etc/group
ls -ld html #to check information about folder html
usermod -a -G root proftpd # to assign user proftpd to the group root
# you can check it then with command:
id proftpd # in my case the result:
uid=109(proftpd) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)
id -Gn proftpd #another method to check which group belong user proftpd, in my case result was:
chmod -R g+w html #to allow proftpd from the group to create new directories and files inside of folder html.

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