Connecting to ftp with File Browser

Rashkae ubuntu at
Fri Dec 5 22:30:24 UTC 2008

Ray Parrish wrote:
> 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
> Hello,
> 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
> 220 NTXPWUS59
> Name ( u********
> 331 Password required for u********.
> Password:
> 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.
> ftp>
> 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

Can you paste the output command of pwd instead of ls?  Thanks

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