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Re: Hamm frozen, Slink created

On Fri, 3 Apr 1998, Jules Bean wrote:

> 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.

As MC can either retrieve the link or the file, I have to say that his
simply isn't true.

> 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.
This is all that I have been saying from the start!

> I suggest we stick a working DOS FTP client in tools.
As long as it isn't a symlink ;-)

Is there one that works that is "free"?

Waiting is,

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