Subject: Re: FTP: LIST vs. NLST
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Trevin Beattie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/31/2001 08:37:49
At 07:31 PM 1/31/2001 +0700, you wrote:
>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.
Are you sure? Unix isn't a spring chicken itself; in fact, Bell Labs' 1st
Edition is just as old as the first RFC, and the Berkeley Standard
Distribution predated RFC-765 by a few years. I had always thought the
RFC's and the Internet evolved along with Unix, often by the same groups of
Trevin Beattie "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,
email@example.com for you are crunchy and good with ketchup."