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Old 01-26-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Windows Explorer window and FTP

Hopefully, I can explain this clearly. I have a FTP server setup with the latest version of Fedora. Anonymous login is turned off. I can upload files to the ftp server using Windows explorer and I can create folders within that ftp location using windows explorer.

The issue is that I cannot use Windows explorer to organize files and folders on that ftp location. For example, lets say File A and Folder B are already on the ftp location. I can access both the file and folder. But using windows explorer I cannot move File A into Folder B. To accomplish this I would have to download File A first, then open Folder B and then place File A in this location.

I cannot even accomplish this using the root user login.

Is this something that Windows explorer cannot accomplish?

Thanks for any assistance.
Old 01-26-2010, 04:49 PM   #2
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Well I just use an FTP client on Windows Vista and Windows 7. However on windows XP and earlier you can open "My Computer" and then in the address bar type ftp://location_to_ftp_server and press [ENTER]. It will fail to connect unless you have anonymous login turned on. Wehn it fails you can click File and select login As... Provide your credentials and then you can drag and drop files as needed.
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Most of the browsers that I've used to FTP would do the same as your Windows explorer. They do not function as file managers on the remote ftp site.

I second the suggestion of getting an FTP client.

Even then, it might not act like a file manager, at least in my experience.

For example, to move something from Folder A to Folder B, you may not be able to just drag and drop it from one to the other on the remote site; you might have to download it from Folder A, upload it to Folder B, then delete it from Folder A.


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