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From Shikhar Bhushan <>
Subject Re: [NET] SFTP vs. FTPS
Date Thu, 14 May 2009 18:35:38 GMT
On Wednesday 13 May 2009 18:37:09 Steve Cohen wrote:
> Hi.
> I've been out of the FTP "game" for several years and now I need to get
> back in.  I have a requirement to set up a secure FTP connection with
> another organization, so naturally, I look to commons-net first as a
> solution.  I notice that there is support for FTPS in commons-net but
> not for SFTP.
> Not being up on the latest buzz on this "controversy", I wonder if
> someone can point me at a good discussion of the differences, why we are
> implementing one and not the other, etc. 

FTPS is FTP over TLS. SFTP runs as an SSH subsystem and doesn't share the 
commands or anything like that with FTP, so they are quite different.

I am implementing SSH for Commons-Net as a Summer of Code project.  SCP is 
support is planned for the summer but not SFTP, but it should certainly lay 
the groundwork :-)



> Also, if I will be required to
> use SFTP (not sure yet), is there an open-source java package out there
> similar to commons-net that supports it?
> Thanks.
> Steve Cohen
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