Connecting to ftp with File Browser

Ray Parrish crp at
Fri Dec 5 22:18:23 UTC 2008

Paul Johnson wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 3:03 AM, Ray Parrish <crp at> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've added a connection to my web site ftp server in File Browser, but
>> it's not working right. I selected "ftp with login" as type of connection.
>> For some reason it will not show any folders. All I get is the top level
>> folder which contains only a small text file which is a note from my
>> hosting service about enabling Frontpage extensions.
>> I'm being hosted on a Windows server, is this the problem?
>> I'd really like to try out this method of access to my site, but if it's
>> not possible it no big deal as I have a good ftp program which connects
>> to the site no problem.
>> Later, Ray Parrish
>> --
> I wonder if your web server is actually running ftp, rather than a
> transfer over ssh (sftp).  Have you made sure  that the server
> actually accepts old fashioned ftp connections?  Most won't, these
> days. Well, the commercial servers I belong to won't.
> It could be that the "good ftp program" you are using is not actually
> using the ftp protocol...
> I think you can check in a terminal if you try to run the real ftp
> ftp
> and it will come back and ask you for name and password.
> If that works, then the web browser should be able to connect there
> too, and I bet nautilus or konqueror will too, if you get the magic
> incantation.
> If my guess is correct, and the ftp connection is not allowed, then
> you need to connect with an ssh filesystem, or gftp or filezilla with
> the connection type set to ssh.
> If you show that ftp actually does work, then it will be easier to
> figure why the file manager is not connecting.
> pj

Well, I can log in with ftp in terminal no problem. Here is the output I 
got -

ray at ray-desktop:~$ ftp
Connected to
220-Microsoft FTP Service
Name ( u********
331 Password required for u********.
230-FTP Server
230 User u******** logged in.
Remote system type is Windows_NT.
ftp> ls
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
01-14-08  07:43PM       <DIR>          _db_import
02-25-05  04:43AM                  807 1and1logo.gif
04-03-08  09:14AM       <DIR>          aspnet_client
01-14-08  07:43PM       <DIR>          db
11-27-08  04:18PM                 4806 error404.html
12-02-08  11:00PM       <DIR>          links
01-14-08  07:43PM       <DIR>          logs
11-22-08  09:14PM       <DIR>          Poetry
226 Transfer complete.

As you can see I was able to get a folder list with no problem. I have 
changed the user number to *'s to protect my information. Any ideas why 
it will not work in Nautilus? [be sure to have a look at my earlier post 
about the odd folder structure it has]

Later, Ray Parrish

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