I have set up an FTP server on my Moto G, and I'm trying to copy (music) files from my laptop (running Ubuntu 12.04) using FileZilla.

I understand that user data appears in the /data folder, but when I try to open this folder, FileZilla says

Response:   150 Directory listing for data/
Response:   550 Requested action not taken.  does not exist, not a directory or insufficient rights
Error:  Failed to retrieve directory listing
  • Is your phone rooted? Mar 2, 2014 at 17:50
  • @eldarerathis No, it isn't.
    – wrahool
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:26
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    You won't be able to index /data without root, but you shouldn't need it to copy music over anyway. Can you access an /sdcard or /storage/emulated location via the FTP server? Mar 3, 2014 at 15:44
  • Thanks. I'm now able to access the Music folder through Filezilla. Though I wonder why it keeps getting disconnected every time I try to transfer one or more files. It takes a long time to start up also. The network I am on is pretty fast but.
    – wrahool
    Mar 4, 2014 at 5:52

1 Answer 1


I faced the same problem, but I launched filezilla from Terminal using sudo:

sudo filezilla

It works fine.

  • What's the point of launching it via terminal?
    – MANI
    Sep 2, 2014 at 16:23
  • You need not launch using terminal, u need to launch it through root user or administrator in windows. Terminal is the convenient for me to do. Sep 22, 2014 at 11:18

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