Subject: Re: FTP: LIST vs. NLST
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Johan Danielsson <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/31/2001 08:39:57
Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU> writes:

> [...] an FTP server can return whatever it likes for any of the
> listing commands - FTP provides a virtual filestore, it doesn't have
> to represent anything that actually exists if it doesn't want to.

But I also feel that this (wu-ftpd) is a case of the too common
literal interpretation of everything, which doesn't go well with these
old documents. RFC959 does say `list files' (or words to that effect),
but I'm pretty sure the people who wrote that meant *all* files, not
just regular files (in the unix sense).