Odd question

Mark Edgar mark.edgar@gcmail.maricopa.edu
Mon Apr 29 12:09:00 GMT 2002

Internet Explorer is stupid about FTP.  I've seen this problem before;
what happens is that IE thinks that your remote working directory is
always set to the root / when it is really something like /home/user,
hence the problems navigating out of your home directory.  If your
version of IE automatically converts the URL from ftp://user@server/ to
ftp://user@server/home/user, then that's a good thing and it is the
correct behaviour.

I've had other problems with IE such as it replacing the URL
ftp://user@server/path with ftp://user:passwd@server/path at random
times while browsing the remote site.  I *don't* want my password
displayed in the URL!  This is with IE 5.50.4522.1800.

Basically, the solution is to use a better FTP client.


Daniel Adams wrote:
> I have an FTP server setup using the Cygwin stuff. I am also behind a DSL
> style firewall, but all works fine. When at work I tried to get into my
> computer using FTP and it worked ok. I was rather puzzled when I couldn't
> navigate out of my home directory(It is a Win2k machine) and into any
> directory elsewhere in the directory structure. My home directory was on C:
> and I desired to get to a folder on my D: drive. I then used Netscape
> navigator to connect and all went fine. The whole snafu only happened when I
> use Internet Explorer, it seems to rename the directory thing to
> ftp://dan@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/ to replace ftp://dan@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/home/dan. I
> was wondering if anyone else has seen something similar to this, and if
> anyone has an idea of a workaround.
> --
> Sincerely,
> Daniel Adams - dpa3@dana.ucc.nau.edu
> http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~dpa3
>   1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)-  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to
> serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

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