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March 13, 2008

FTP Last-Modified Times Inconsistent between GetXmlDirListing and GetLastModifiedTimeByName

(regarding Chilkat FTP2) The lastModTime attributes derived from the GetXmlDirListing method is inconsistent with what’s returned by the GetLastModifiedTimeByName method.

The GetXmlDirListing converts an FTP directory listing into XML. However, the GetLastModifiedTimeByName will issue an MDTM command (if supported by the FTP server) to get a more accurate time. FTP directory listings typically leave off the hours/minutes/seconds for older files. It won’t be possible to change GetXmlDirListing because it would require one MDTM round-trip command/response for each file in the directory to get the info, and if the directory is too large it would be very time consuming.

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