FTP Directory Shown as Empty (but it's not)

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  1. deckmoney macrumors member

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    Has anyone ever had a problem where they connected to an FTP server via Finder and it shows the directory as empty, but when you login using a true FTP client you can see all the files? I even dropped into the terminal and used "ls" on the mounted "volume" and it shows up as empty. Does anyone have a solution?
     
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  3. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    The Finder's FTP capabilities pretty much suck.

    Use use an application like Fetch or Transmit.

    And in the Terminal, type 'ls -la' and see if you see any of your directories.
     
  4. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Are the permissions on the directory such that you are allowed to view it? Some FTP sites are set up so that you have to be able to blindly navigate all the full path, i.e. you have to know the entire path name of the file you want. This doesn't work well in file browsers like Finder. Just a thought.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The problem is not the Finder. Some FTP sites are hosted by amateurs on Windows machines. Some of these are client-dependent.
     
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    What are the filenames? Perhaps finder isn't showing hidden files?

    Just use a regular FTP client and don't worry about it.
     
  7. deckmoney thread starter macrumors member

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    No, it's definitely not because the files are hidden. I can view everything just fine in any FTP client, and since FTP is a defined protocol, I see no reason why connecting would be "client dependent" (MisterMe). I would chalk it up to an issue with the Finder's FTP capabilities, but I can't believe something this serious would happen in a .3 release of an OS.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or anything I could try?
     
  8. kristo macrumors newbie

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    go to terminal and try from there,

    ftp <ip or hostname>
    log in to it, then just do a ls....if you see nothing there, there is nothing to see.
     

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