Strange problem with ftpd and IE

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Thu Feb 3 12:42:19 PST 2005

In the last episode (Feb 03), Totem said:
> I have a strange problem with the ftpd on FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE-p5.  I
> am launching the server as a daemon with this command:
> /usr/libexec/ftpd -AllrD4
> Everything works fine except for when using Internet Explorer as an
> FTP client.  I've tested with Mozilla and Filezilla with no problems,
> but IE isn't working.  With IE the names of directories and files get
> concatenated with their properties.  This makes the ftp server
> unusable because browsing the directory fails.
> This is what my file structure looks like using the ftp client in FreeBSD:
> ftp> ls
> 229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||61273|)
> 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for '/bin/ls'.
> total 14
> drwxrwxr-x    4 Administrator  IT Department   512 Feb  2 19:09 Cisco
> drwxrwxr-x    6 Administrator  IT Department   512 Feb  2 00:30 FreeBSD
> drwxrwxr-x    3 Administrator  IT Department   512 Feb  1 23:56 Linux

You probably shouldn't be using user or group names with spaces in
them.  This makes it very difficult for an ftp client to parse the
output of the ls command.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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