ftp file upload reporting ok but directory empty - pureftp centos cpanel

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http://serverfault.com – its a whm centos install with pure-ftp. When I ftp into the server with the normal account I get the to the root successfully: /home/user_name I'm trying to set up a dev domain on the server, so created the account: [email protected], in cpanel its there successfully, I pointed it to /home/user_name/subdomains/dev, also created the subdomain and can view it successfully. The problem is when I log in with the new [email protected] account, it logs in successfully, but shows me a blank 'ls -l' listing. I can upload files using both filezilla and netbeans, all reports success, but when I navigate to (HowTos)