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  • Inet::ftp?

    Has anyone got this to work properly?

    I've managed to get the .SendFile method to work, but the .ListDirectory method does not.

    This is from the help docs:

    Code:
    dim ftp as INET::FTP
    ftp.UserName = "Fred"
    ftp.Password = "Secret"
    ftp.EnableSSL = .t.
    ftp.Host = "ftp.myserver.com"
    ftp.UsePassive = .t.
    
    dim Listing as C
    if ftp.ListDirectory(Listing, "/downloads", .f.) <> .t.
      ' error
      msg = ftp.callResult.error
    
    end if
    I receive an "Invalid variable type" error when running: ftp.ListDirectory(Listing, "/downloads", .f.)
    The code calls for a character variable which I've dimmed in my code, but still get the error.

    Code:
    dim ftp as INET::FTP
    ftp.UserName = "My User Name"
    ftp.Password = "MyPassword"
    ftp.EnableSSL = .f.
    ftp.Host = "myserver.com"
    ftp.UsePassive = .t.
    ftp.RequireValidCertificate = .f.
    
    dim Listing as C
    
    ftp.ListDirectory(Listing, "/Data_Folder", .f.)
    Perhaps I'm not seeing something here, but I'm stumped. Unless it just doesn't work as described.

  • #2
    Apparently it's summat to do with the server side.
    Search this forum for FTP and you will see the threads.
    Ted Giles
    Example Consulting - UK
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    • #3
      Been there done that Ted, did not find anything very helpful. I'm running a filezilla server and it works all day long if using the filezilla client, but I need to use xbasic methods. I found that some will work but others do not. I would prefer to use more modern methods as opposed to the less secure older functions with plain ftp.

      Robert

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      • #4
        Have you looked at the JSON options?
        I don't use it but others do.
        Ted Giles
        Example Consulting - UK
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        • #5
          That's an interesting idea, but since I know nothing about JSON, I looked at every function in the documentation and did not find anything that would indicate to me the ability to send / receive files over the internet from a desktop application using JSON. In fact I found nothing about file transfers at all other than an Amazon store function.


          If AA does not provide a JSON function for it, then it's beyond my scope right now. It's just a bit frustrating when AA puts out this code, but then it doesn't work as the document states and you gotta keep spinning your wheels to find another route. In all the searching I only found one other topic with the subject of INET::FTP and he was trying to get INET:SFTP working with poor results. If the code doesn't work, then Alpha Software should remove it from the documentation or fix it. But in this case that will probably not happen, because obviously not many people are trying to use it.

          Them's the breaks.

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          • #6
            Mike Data started a similar isse and got stuck.
            What does your xbasic look like?
            Ted Giles
            Example Consulting - UK
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            • #7
              The xbasic that does not work is posted above. I thought since the FTP.SendFile works so well, that the listing should too. I've been doing a lot of research and have discovered that some or maybe all of the problem is coming from my router. I purchased a smart router that may not be that smart after all.
              If I bypass the router, my original code works fine, with router in place it's hit and miss. Apparently the router is not always sending back the correct ip address and it loses the connection.

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              • #8
                Sorry, I should have looked at that xml above.
                The only other thing I can think to try is Port Forwarding.
                I had a Draytech router which was super dooper abut had issues when connecting to my local server.
                I changed to a BT Hub and my Synology set up Port Forwarding on it automatically.
                Ted Giles
                Example Consulting - UK
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                • #9
                  Could you try INET::SFTP instead? Maybe that is more compatible with your server.

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                  • #10
                    INET:SFTP does not work, I'm assuming because I'm using an older version of AA12, which may be the reason I was getting the error for the INET:FTP ListDirectory method.
                    No worries, It appears to be working fine now with the old code.

                    My router does not use port forwarding but has what's called Virtual Servers. Filezilla recommends port forwarding over virtual servers and says that smart routers with virtual servers can cause this issue.

                    I also discovered in my research that my router has an FTP server built into it with authentication. You simply install a USB drive to the back of the router, setup the FTP server and you can send and receive your files there. That is working good with no issues so far, and since the files I transfer are already encrypted I'm not worried about the data being compromised.

                    Hopefully this setup will continue to work well, otherwise I will need to find a better router for FTP, which may be the Synology that Ted mentioned above. Ted, would you mind telling me what model that is?

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                    • #11
                      The Synology I mentioned is a Server, Rob - not a Router.
                      Glad you have a solution.
                      Ted Giles
                      Example Consulting - UK
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                      • #12
                        I accomplish this a slightly different way using:

                        FTP_GET_NLIST()

                        It works well for me.

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                        • #13
                          Show me using a commercial host please.
                          Ted Giles
                          Example Consulting - UK
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                          • #14
                            This is from Zebrahost and is returning the contents of the "RefDocs" directory on the Zebrahost Server.

                            ? FTP_GET_NLIST("216.81.XXX.XX","Administrator","r#e6SyXXXX","/RefDocs")
                            = 189821-18.pdf
                            189821-26.pdf
                            194998-11.pdf
                            195055-4.pdf
                            196135-1.pdf

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                            • #15
                              Now you have proven it, and I assume no additional work by Zebra, Jeff, maybe Rob can use it.
                              Nice.
                              Ted Giles
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