FISH vs SFTP

Christoph Wiesen chris at deadhand.com
Fri Apr 21 19:53:15 BST 2006


Am Freitag, 21. April 2006 20:34 schrieb Toby Dickenson:
> On Friday 21 Apr 2006 18:15, Christoph Wiesen wrote:
> > Am Freitag, 21. April 2006 15:59 schrieb Gabriel Dragffy:
> > > are they the same
> > > but just written differently or what?
> >
> > Exactly. fish:/ and sftp:/ are just different names for the same kio
> > backend (secure ftp over ssh).
>
> Not quite....
>
> The sftp kio uses the sftp subsystem of the ssh server. This is designed
> for this purpose, but needs explicit support from the ssh server. Some ssh
> servers may not support it, and some may have that subsystem disabled.
>
> The fish kio is very different. It relies on the ssh providing a unix
> shell, then it uploads a simple server program written in perl. A beautiful
> hack and handy if sftp is not available on your ssh server, but nowhere
> near the performance or reliability of sftp.
>
> From a security point of view they are equivalent; both are protected by
> ssh.
>
> --
> Toby Dickenson

phew, learned something new here. thanks =)



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