Hello, Thanks for reading my post. I have some general questions about this particular how-to and where it pertains to user permissions and ftp. I use this box for numerous things and would like to have 1 super user capable of administering the system without restriction as primarily i have to administer this computer on my own. My questions come down to this current how-to's setup in regards to pureFTPd, i would like this 1 super user to be able to copy files to and from the system anywhere including the root. I would prefer the user not have to log in as root. It would seem that i found some information about pureftpd and that it must be run with the option -a gid where gid indicates the group ID # that i wish to exclude from the chroot. However since this is a mysql installation i dont know how i would do that. Furthermore it would seem that my default user that i created at installation has access outside of his home directory however not the permissions to read-write-execute and i tried adding this username to the root group to grant permissions but im still getting permission denied when i attempt to ftp in and create a folder on the system outside of his home directory. Sadly, it would seem that the common default go-to comment when posting for help on any forum these days would be usually something like " go read this or go read that, or go search this or go search that " and usually ends up with something like.... " you are an idiot, you are making your system unsecured blah blah blah " what ever happened to sharing information when asked for the sake of trial and error. For what its worth, i did search which is how i found the -a gid information and as well when i searched about mysql i also found i needed to create another setting file at /etc/pure-ftpd/conf named ChrootEveryone contents of which simply say no but i still havnt gotten the results i need. To recap short and sweet heres what i've done so far: 1)Fresh install and followed the guide at http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-ubuntu-11.10-ispconfig-3 minus installing ispconfig-3 cause i needed to sort out this ftp issue first. 2) created file at /etc/pure-ftpd/conf with echo no > /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/ChrootEveryone 3) usermod -a -G root username to add the username to root group so i can create and modify items outside his home directory. (this doesnt seem to be working as intended) now i know that number 2) needs to be used in conjunction with -a gid in order for full effect but i cant figure out where or how to use that option. Thanks in advance everyone for reading the post and humoring my question.