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Moving files between directories on remote FTP Server

Posted on 2007-12-06
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Hiya,

we have an IIS FTP server on which a user is attempting to move files between directories on the server (i.e. managing files instead of uploading)  - The appear not to be able to do this unless they download the file from the first directory and then upload it back to another directory.  With large files this can be bothersome so they have requested this capability.  Looking into it there are clients that will offer you two views of the same FTP server and you can move it that way (e.g. WS-FTP) but it still takes ages so I am assuming that the client downloads it locally first and then uploads it.  I suppose the question is two-fold

a. Does IIS allow a user to remotely move local files around
b. If not IIS does any other FTP server allow this.

Thanks in advance

Brian

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rwaldicott earned 500 total points
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Unfortunately this is not possible with the FTP protocol.  The only way to do this is to download the file then upload the file.  The SFTP/SSH protocol does allow this by renaming the file with the destination path.

For a server that supports FTP/S, SFTP, HTTP/S and WebDAV take a look at:

http://www.jscape.com/secureftpserver/

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by:andybush
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Another option is to use web-based FTP clients such as http://directransfer.net
These clients do save a lot of time if you need to transfer large files and file folders directly between two FTP servers. I will compile a list of such services and post it here as a follow up.

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by:star6868
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I 've tested and found that: MOVE file is OK, no problem!!!

FTP Sever: may be all FTP server

--->CLUE:
FTP Client move file by the same with RENAME command:
RNFR and RNTO

and ofcources all FTPServer support this command :)

If you have questions, contact me: galaxmen@gmail.com

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by:motokent
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I have a similar question... but need to copy rather than move.  My question:  with CuteFTP I can copy-and-paste files from one directory to another via the UI.  Isn't there a command line command to do the same thing?
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