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#Setting up tmp on a server

It is assumed that you have the following already installed on your system:

  • A C library
  • shadow (useradd, passwd)
  • Standard UNIX utilities (ln, mkdir, etc.)
  • Some text editor (in this guide vi is used)
  • An SSH server (probably openssh-server)
  • systemd*
  • nginx*
  • letsencrypt / certbot*

* Other equivalent softwares should work; these are what I am familiar with and will use in this guide

Additionally it is assumed that you have some domain name under your control. In this guide that domain will be referred to as example.com.

These steps were written against a Vultr VPS running Debian GNU/Linux 10.

#Create the group

All users that can interact with tmp must be members of the tmp group.

groupadd tmp

#Create a new system user

This is the user that people will SSH into when using tmp. If you want, you can make multiple users with different permissions (file size limits, mime type limits) or access (keys, password). For this guide we are only going to make one user. It doesn't matter what this user is called, but it makes sense to me to call it tmp.

useradd -mg tmp tmp
chsh -s /bin/bash tmp  # Optional, for easier administration
passwd tmp  # For now, at least, give the user a strong password

But when people log in as tmp over SSH, we don't want to give them access to a shell on our server. We only want them to be able to use our tmp service. To accomplish this, add this to your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file:

Match User tmp
	ForceCommand /home/tmp/tmp-login

TODO: Change this to a Match Group block and mention it in the above section instead.

Make sure to systemctl reload sshd and systemctl restart sshd or it will not take effect.

You don't have to enable SSH login to this user yet, but it may be helpful for testing purposes. If so, add your public SSH key to /home/tmp/.ssh/authorized_keys.

#Set up a new subdomain

If you aren't already using your domain for anything, this step is optional. But if you are already using it for another site, for example a personal blog, you must create a new subdomain for tmp because we are making a new nginx site for it.

Well, now that I think about it, this isn't strictly necessary, if instead you want files to be available in a subdirectory in a site already existing on the server. But you'll have to do things a bit differently in a step or two in that case.

The specifics of how you set up your subdomain will depend on your domain registrar, but it should result in two records that look something like this:

tmp	CNAME	example.com	300
www.tmp	CNAME	example.com	300

#Make a new HTTP site with nginx

This is where uploaded files will be accessible by the world.

This is the nginx server config I wrote:

server {
	listen 80;
	listen [::]:80;

	root /var/www/tmp;

	index data/index.html;

	server_name tmp.example.com www.tmp.example.com;

	location / {
		try_files $uri $uri.html $uri/data/index.html $uri/ =404;

One thing you may notice is that the index file is set to data/index.html instead of the usual index.html. Because uploaded files will be available at the top level of this site, any files of our own we want to serve have to be in a subdirectory.

These are the commands I ran to set up this nginx site:

vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/tmp  # See above
mkdir -p /var/www/tmp/data
vi /var/www/tmp/data/index.html  # Write whatever you want
ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/tmp /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/tmp
# Let us encrypt. Follow the prompts to select these domains
# (tmp.* and www.tmp.*). I also selected the option to modify
# the config to automatically redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS.
systemctl restart nginx

At this point you should have a live webpage at your equivilant of tmp.example.com. Point your web browser to that address to see for yourself. Make sure you've created a file at data/index.html.

All users in the tmp group must be able to write to /var/www/tmp, in order to make uploaded files visible to the world:

chgrp tmp /var/www/tmp
chmod g+w /var/www/tmp