Subject: Re: FTP: LIST vs. NLST
To: Johan Danielsson <email@example.com>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
Date: 01/31/2001 19:31:02
Date: 31 Jan 2001 08:39:57 +0100
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Johan Danielsson)
| 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.