Subject: Re: FTP: LIST vs. NLST
To: Johan Danielsson <>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/31/2001 19:31:02
    Date:        31 Jan 2001 08:39:57 +0100
    From: (Johan Danielsson)
    Message-ID:  <>

  | 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).

Don't bet on it.   FTP is one of the very very ancient protocols (much
older than SMTP (e-mail) for example), when it was first invented, almost
no-one had even heard of unix.

It is quite likely (well, possible anyway) that on the systems that
were in use, the possibility of treating a directory as if it were a
file had never been considered.