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Re: Hamm frozen, Slink created

On Fri, 3 Apr 1998, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> > > The same exact thing occurs with some DOS and Windows FTP clients.
> > 
> > With FTP servers the server should follow the symlink, unless it chooses
> > not to for some reasons (security probably).
> Like that the client specifically asks for the link file? When I download
> the msdos directory using MC, unless I specifically request that MC
> "follow symlinks", I get just what I want, the symlinks, and not the
> actual files (I already have them). When a DOS FTP client asks for the
> file, it asks for the symlink, gets it, and can't do anything with it.
> The result is a zero length file on the DOS machine.

It doesn't.  It can't!

There is no way, in standard FTP, of 'asking for the symlink'.  The only
command is RETR, and RETR gives you the file, not the link.

There may be some extension to the FTP protocol enabling you to get the
links, but in the basic standard, its not possible.

If these badly broken FTP programs are getting 0-length files, it can only
be their own fault.

I suggest we stick a working DOS FTP client in tools.


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