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Re: Hamm frozen, Slink created



dwarf@polaris.net (Dale Scheetz)  wrote on 03.04.98 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.980403111708.2421N-100000@dwarf.polaris.net>:

> 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.

Go read the RFCs. You are talking nonsense.

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

AFAIK, there is no such extension. The way mirror does it is parsing ls -l  
output, not through any protocol extension.


MfG Kai


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