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As it is in the topic the problem is with vsftpd. For some time i used it normally and everything worked good. But once i started vsftpd and it gave out the message:

500 OOPS: config file not owned by correct user, or not a file

After some searching i tried:

  • to change the owner of the vsftpd.conf file by sudo chown root vsftpd.conf;

  • to remove vsftpd and install again;

  • to purge vsftpd and install again;
  • to delete the content of the conf file and paste examples from internet.

Nothing helped, it did not work since. It is Ubuntu 16.04

Thank you in advance.

  • Struggling with the same. file is owned by root – mmalmeida Aug 22 '17 at 16:49
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I don't know if you still need this, but I had the same problem recently I Google around and found This Page. The major difference I found was that I was trying to start the server by typing:

# vsftpd

Instead of:

# systemctl start vsftpd

in the terminal. I hope this helped.

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