cvs commit: src/lib/libfetch fetch.3 ftp.c

Nate Lawson nate at
Mon Apr 23 15:43:03 UTC 2007

Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> Nate Lawson <njl at> writes:
>>   Log:
>>   Add back the original behavior of changing the entire directory path at
>>   once (CWD a/b/c vs. 3 CWDs).  If an error occurs, we fall back to the default
>>   method of a single CWD per directory element.  Since this is technically
>>   a violation of the basic FTP RFC
> Actually, it's a violation not of RFC959 (FTP) but of RFC1738 which
> indicates how FTP URLs should be handled.
>>                                   , this behavior is under a compile-time
>>   option FTP_COMBINE_CWDS and is off by default.  It should work with most
>>   Unix-based FTP daemons and can save latency.
> Thanks.
> I'm going to set up a ports fetch run with FTP_COMBINE_CWDS enabled to
> see how it works out in the ugly, real world.  If it works out well, I
> might replace the #ifdef with a command-line option or environment
> variable for "strict RFC conformance".

Thanks for doing the testing.


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