I have a website user who I want to be able to upload content to a folder on my server. I thought ok, I'll create a new user, and change his home directory to the folder where his stuff is already.
No such luck, usermod wont allow me to create that directory, it already exists.
$ sudo usermod -m -d /public_html/user user usermod: directory /public_html/user exists
I looked through the man page but did not see an immediate solution to this problem.