How can I chroot sftp-only SSH users into their homes?
All this pain is thanks to several security issues as detailed here . Basically the chroot directory has to be owned by root and can't be any group-write access. Lovely. So you essentially need to turn your chroot into a holding cell and within that you can have your editable content. sudo chown root /home/bob sudo chmod go-w /home/bob sudo mkdir /home/bob/writeable sudo chown bob:sftponly /home/bob/writeable sudo chmod ug+rwX /home/bob/writeable And bam, you can log in and write in /writeable . found at: http://askubuntu.com/questions/134425/how-can-i-chroot-sftp-only-ssh-users-into-their-homes