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Old 06-03-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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Struggling to make LFTP work

I've got a vendor who has an ftps site that I need to upload files to. I found lftp which seems to be the ideal solution. I used it to browse an anonymous CentOS ftp server and experimented with a few commands to try and build up some proficiency. However in trying to connect or run commands on my vendor's ftp server, I'm lost.

For example, I seem to have no problem connecting:

[root@localhost ~]# lftp username@serveripaddress -d
But if I try list the directory or run any other commands I get the following:

lftp username@serveripaddress:~> ls
---- Connecting to serveripaddress (serveripaddress) port 21
<--- 220 Microsoft FTP Service
---> FEAT
<--- 211-Extended features supported:
<--- LANG EN*
<--- UTF8
<--- PBSZ
<--- PROT C;P;
<--- CCC
<--- HOST
<--- SIZE
<--- MDTM
<--- 211 END
<--- 234 AUTH command ok. Expecting TLS Negotiation.
---> LANG
Certificate depth:

**snipped out certificate info**

<--- 200 Language is now English, UTF-8 encoding.
<--- 200 OPTS UTF8 command successful - UTF8 encoding now ON.
---> HOST serveripaddress
<--- 504 Server cannot accept argument.
---> USER username
<--- 331 Password required for username.
<--- 530 User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible.
---- Closing control socket
ls: Login failed: 530 User cannot log in, home directory inaccessible.
The debug info seems pretty obvious but I don't know enough about lftp to figure out a solution. How is that I'm authenticating with the server but when running a command, still being prompted for authentication? I'm still working my way through lftp tutorials but am a little puzzled.
Old 06-03-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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lftp waits for the first command before logging in, so you've not authenticated until the PASS command in the output you posted. Since the login fails every time, it's re-attempted when you try each command.

Looks like you either don't have a home directory on the remote side, or that the permissions are wrong.

Old 06-04-2009, 07:45 AM   #3
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Thanks Dave. That helps. I may have figured it out the issue. The vendor sent me an xml file to import into a ftp client like Filezilla. The username field is something like "svs-ftp\username". So it looks like the svs-ftp subdirectory is my home directory. The challenge now is to try and access that using lftp. I still haven't figured that part out yet.


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