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From "Ramya Rajendiran (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (NET-468) Request for native support for socks proxy routing with Commons net FTP
Date Wed, 30 May 2012 06:35:23 GMT
Ramya Rajendiran created NET-468:

             Summary: Request for native support for socks proxy routing with Commons net
                 Key: NET-468
             Project: Commons Net
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: FTP
    Affects Versions: 3.1, 3.0.1, 2.0, 1.4
         Environment: We use commons net  in out products for all communication to an FTP
server. OS : All. No other environment specifications.
            Reporter: Ramya Rajendiran
            Priority: Critical

Commons net currently does not natively support connection to an FTP server via a socks proxy.
The only way of achieving this would be to work at the socket level as observed here
(by setting JVM properties socksProxyPort and socksProxyPortHost)

However, a major side effect of this all connections on this JVM will go through the socks
proxy since this setting is at the JVM level. This is sometimes undesirable as the business
requirements are such that only certain applications on the JVM need to go through the socks
proxy. There are no existing workarounds to conditionally prevent other applications to not
be routed through the socks proxy. This makes our application which consumes the commons net
unusable for such businesses.

Providing native support for socks proxy with commons net for FTP, will go a long way in supporting
such common scenarios and business continuity. Therefore raising this enhancement request.

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