550 “Overwrite permission denied” when editing a file via FTP

by qodeninja   Last Updated December 30, 2017 10:04 AM

DreamHost recently moved my accounts to a new shared box, and now I can't edit files via UltraEdit's built in FTP client, which messes up my work flow!

What did they do that this is not working now? It stopped working after they moved me.

Here's the output from the FTP console in UltraEdit

10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 220 DreamHost FTP Server
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: USER nodebunny
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 331 Password required for ninjawww
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: PASS xxxxxxxx
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 230 User nodebunny logged in
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: FEAT
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 211-Features:
 LANG ja-JP.UTF-8;ja-JP;zh-TW;fr-FR;zh-CN;en-US*;bg-BG;ko-KR.UTF-8;ko-KR
 MFF modify;UNIX.group;UNIX.mode;
 MLST modify*;perm*;size*;type*;unique*;UNIX.group*;UNIX.mode*;UNIX.owner*;
211 End
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: OPTS UTF8 ON
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 200 UTF8 set to on
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: PWD
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 257 "/" is the current directory
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: PWD
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 257 "/" is the current directory
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: CWD /dev/proj/nodebunny
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 250 CWD command successful
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: PWD
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: 257 "/dev/proj/nodebunny/lib/Buffer" is the current directory
10/26/2011 10:42:36 AM: PWD
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: 257 "/dev/proj/nodebunny/lib/Buffer" is the current directory
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: TYPE I
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: 200 Type set to I
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: PORT 10,15,55,125,226,16
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: 200 PORT command successful
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: STOR Buffer.pm
10/26/2011 10:42:37 AM: 550 Buffer.pm: Overwrite permission denied
Tags : ftp dreamhost

Answers 4

Overwrite permission denied suggests that DreamHost forgot to enable AllowOverwrite on the new server, which means you can't edit existing files, only upload new ones.

To fix it yourself, add the following lines to the .htaccess file in your root directory. You'll have to open the existing .htaccess file if there is one, copy the contents to your clipboard, then delete the file and create a new one with the same contents plus the lines below, because you won't be able to edit the current .htaccess file directly.

<Directory /*>
    AllowOverwrite on

Or you could email DreamHost and ask them to enable AllowOverwrite server-wide. You're probably not the only one having this problem.

October 27, 2011 08:02 AM

As of today, I am still experiencing the same problem with DreamHost FTP. And every time DH support rest FTP server, the problem re-appears after a few hours.

Solution: Use SFTP on port 22. It works for me so far.

Edit: sorry for the confusion, I am not the thread owner. But this is a well known issue among Dreamhost.com users and I just try to post a solution in case someone stumble on this thread from google(like I did).

reference link: http://discussion.dreamhost.com/thread-132172.html

This is the respond I got from dreamhost support:


I am so sorry for the problems! I've seen a recurring issue where files cannot be over-written on the server (it doesn't affect new files, just files that are already there).

I have restarted the FTP service on your server and it is working now, but if you see this problem again, please let me know!

Thanks! E- L

November 26, 2011 07:02 AM

I have just found a solution to this problem:

  1. Find the following line in /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf:

Set off to disable IPv6 support which is annoying on IPv4 only boxes.
UseIPv6 on

  1. Switch this to off

  2. Restart the server

Matthew White
Matthew White
February 26, 2014 10:43 AM

I found this thread as a proftpd user without access to the proftpd.conf . As a user you can also change the overwrite policy by creating a .ftpaccess in your directory. See http://www.proftpd.org/docs/howto/ftpaccess.html

Bruno Eberhard
Bruno Eberhard
December 30, 2017 09:18 AM

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