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

deckmoney

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Dec 16, 2003
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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?
 

musicpyrite

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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.
 
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daveL

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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.
 
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MisterMe

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deckmoney said:
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?
The problem is not the Finder. Some FTP sites are hosted by amateurs on Windows machines. Some of these are client-dependent.
 
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deckmoney

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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?
 
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kristo

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deckmoney said:
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?
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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