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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 30706] - Ftp task unable to get or list
Date Fri, 20 Aug 2004 01:33:17 GMT
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------- Additional Comments From scohen@apache.org  2004-08-20 01:33 -------
This is very interesting to me.  I've done a lot of the work on the ftp parsing
in jakarta-commons-net, which is at the root of ant's ftp task, as you probably
know.

I have never been happy about the way we handle dates.  I know that different
servers in different countries handle the dates differently.

We've never fixed it because, frankly, I've never been able to get any solid
info from developers on non-English systems to find out how prevalent the
problem is, and what is the best way to solve it.  Hopefully, you'll be willing
to share some information with me to help me understand the depth of the problem
and how we might solve it.

In your experience, in France, do ftp systems use French names for months
always, usually, sometimes, or rarely?  Are English month names ever, or
frequently seen?  Do you know much about the situation in other European
countries?  Do German servers use German names for months?  Etc.

The core of the problem is being able to tell, from an FTP server that the
client knows nothing about, what language to expect the months in.  FTP was not
originally designed as an automatable protocol and fixing this will not be easy.

But I am always eager to find people willing to help solve it from the countries
affected.

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