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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 27437] - FTP "get" and "list" tasks fail
Date Fri, 24 Sep 2004 10:12:29 GMT
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FTP "get" and "list" tasks fail





------- Additional Comments From rwinston@eircom.net  2004-09-24 10:12 -------
I agree with Steve - we need a generic problem to deal with the date formatting
issues that occur. I think finding an *elegant* solution is very, very
difficult. A lot of FTP servers can not be reliably identified (I've tried a few
AIX servers this morning, from which they returned nothing useful or consistent
from SYST), and the date format can vary wildly based on server configuration.
Witness the IIS FTP server options:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/iis/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/server/iis/htm/core/iiprsovr.htm

and

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/iis/htm/asp/apro1k9x.htm

Two possibilities spring to mind:

1. We could match an entry from an initial 'ls' against a couple of regexes
designed exclusively to isolate and identify the date component, repeatedly
attempting to match until we find one that fits (sort of like an autodetection
of date formats). I'm not sure how reliable this would be in practise, but feel
it should work. 

2. We could explicitly add a setDateFormat() to the FTPClient class, and allow a
user to plug in a date format of choice. This could also be accessed via an
optional property from the Ant task.

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