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FTP_COMMAND directory listing (ls/dir) without details


Our SAP system is accessing an FTP server which has some files with very long names on it. When using function module FTP_COMMAND to get the directory listing, using either "ls" or "dir", we get the "ls -l" type listing with permissions, usernames, etc. so the end of the filename is getting cut off. This would appear to be because SAP truncates everything in the return over 100 characters. As a result, I can't use this data to "get" the files, as the filename is incomplete. I can use "mget" to get all the files that match a certain pattern, but the output from "mget" doesn't tell you the names of the files that it's downloaded.

This is a batch program, so we're using the RFC destination SAPFTPA.

Is there a way of getting just the filenames, without the permission/user details, when using FTP_COMMAND. Alternatively, is there any way of getting the filenames returned with an "mget" command? I've been looking at various command options on Windows FTP clients, but SAPFTPA seems to behave quite differently and ignore most of the options. I've tried using "verbose off" - this makes no difference to the output from "ls" and but stops the output from "mget" completely, which is pretty much the opposite of what I was after!



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  • Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 05:08 PM

    You should use 'nlist' command instead of 'ls' command.

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  • Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Your problem is coming from the implementation of the FTP server used by your target machine.

    Function Module FTP_COMMAND is sending your commands, exactly as you type them, to the FTP server. You only have control over the client side of the FTP transaction.The server's response is entirely controlled by its own software.

    It must be possible to set the simplified version of the ls display as the default, but you will need to do it in the remote system.

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