Howto log multiple sftpd instances with their chroot shared via NFS

David Newall openssh at
Thu Sep 30 02:48:40 AEST 2021

Hi Hildegard,

On 30/9/21 1:01 am, Hildegard Meier wrote:
> Thanks David,
> I think you describe the problem correctly, and your approach could work, but unfortunately it would be a way too complicated mess.
> As I had written in my summary
> "Since we have 800 users, it would be impractical unrobust to use user-specifc e.g. bind) mounts (e.g. 800 bind-over-mounts). To keep it simple, clear and coherent, all user's homes must be on the same one singular NFS-Share."

I may have explained myself poorly.  No bind mount is required. You need 
one NFS mount over /var/data/chroot/home (yielding /home/<user> for all 
possible users), and one dynamic mount of user's home directory when 
they log in.  (Dynamically mounting users home directory is quite common 
and is handled by automount.)

I might also have misunderstood your desire to automount home 
directories.  Perhaps you don't want to do that, and have all user home 
directories on the one NFS share, mounted over /var/data/chroot/home.  
If so, great, that's all you need: create /var/data/chroot (a local 
directory containg dev, home and lib directories, as well as ssh-server 
executable) and NFS mount the share containing all of your user 
directories over /var/data/chroot/home.

If I've still not got it right, you might explain to me what is 
complicated so that I can better understand.



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