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SITE EXEC not working using ftp_exec command

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Last Modified: 2013-11-18
I am using Wu-Ftp server, and everything is fine.
I enabled the SITE-EXEC function, and put all needed comands into /bin/ftp-exec folder. So I can remotly ftp and using SITE EXEC command to excute
program like "ls, cp, chmod, ..." on this server. But the problem is I only can excute such standard UNIX command,

Whenever I write a script and put into the /bin/ftp-exec folder, I cannot excute them using ftp SITE EXEC command, I can excute them locally.

Can anybody suggest what I can do to solve this problem? I remember that the Wu-ftp SITE EXEC command can run any program as well as the program
was put in the /bin/ftp-exec folder and have right permission. I have done all of this, but still failed to run my own scripts.

Thanks again and I am waiting online for the answer.

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Brian BushSolutions Architect

If they are PHP command line scripts you are attempting to run,
then you probably have to drop a copy of the PHP-CLI executable
in the ftp-exec folder as well.



No, it's not php scripts, actually it's a linux compiled excutable file, should be runing like a service.

I can run this file locally.


My understanding is ftp_exec (actually it is a FTP SITE EXEC command) can excute any program including ones written by myself, is this correct?
try using

exec /bin/myscript

substitute the path and name of your programs tho

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Brian BushSolutions Architect

I don't understand how this question is relevant to PHP.
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