ncftp - works, but doesn't display any prompts

Charles S. Wilson cwilson@ece.gatech.edu
Wed Jan 24 17:41:00 GMT 2001


If your $HOME variable (%HOME% outside of bash) is not set, then HOME
will default to c:/.  This is a cygwin thing, not an ncftp thing.

--Chuck

Richard Stanton wrote:
> 
> Thanks for checking into that, Charles. One more little thing - ncftp seems
> to read and write its configuration files from/to the directory c:/.ncftp on
> my disk, not c:/cygnus/.ncftp, even though I have "c:\cygnus" mounted as
> "/". Should this be happening?
> 
> Richard Stanton
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Charles Wilson [ mailto:cwilson@ece.gatech.edu ]
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 4:53 PM
> > To: Richard Stanton
> > Cc: Cygwin
> > Subject: Re: ncftp - works, but doesn't display any prompts
> >
> >
> > This is a bug in ncftp or cygwin.  If ncftp determines that it is not
> > running from a TTY, it doesn't print any prompts.  Here's the code that
> > it uses to determine that (ncftp/main.c):
> >
> >         gIsTTY = ((isatty(2) != 0) && (getppid() > 1)) ? 1 : 0;
> >         gIsTTYr = ((isatty(0) != 0) && (getppid() > 1)) ? 1 : 0;
> >
> > Here's the result of those operations in a bash window:
> > isatty(2) = 1
> > isatty(0) = 1
> > getppid() = 1764
> > gIsTTY = 1
> > gIsTTYr = 1
> >
> > And from a cmd prompt:
> > isatty(2) = 1
> > isatty(0) = 1
> > getppid() = 1
> > gIsTTY = 0
> > gIsTTYr = 0
> >
> > I'm not sure what the right fix is.  Options:
> >   1) Is this really a problem with the getppid implementation of cygwin
> > (?)
> >   2) patch ncftp to ignore the value of getppid() -- just use isatty(x)
> >      --> #ifdef __CYGWIN__, or for all platforms?  Why does ncftp test
> >      getppid() anyway?
> >
> > --Chuck
> >
> > Richard Stanton wrote:
> > >
> > > I just installed the latest version of ncftp using the cygwin
> > setup program.
> > > I love the program, and it seems to work fine, but I don't get
> > any prompts
> > > to make it clear I'm supposed to type. Here's a sample session, my input
> > > preceded by "*":
> > >
> > > [c:\]ncftp
> > > NcFTP 3.0.2 (October 19, 2000) by Mike Gleason (ncftp@ncftp.com).
> > > *dir
> > > dir: must be connected to do that.
> > > *open ttt
> > > Resolving ttt...
> > >
> > > Unknown host "ttt".
> > >
> > > How do I get it to display ftp-type command prompts?
> > >
> > > Richard Stanton
> > >
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