Documentation forServ-U File Server

File Handling

These advanced options help to define how files are treated in FTP Voyager. Some options apply specifically to certain servers and only need to be modified if the option applies to the server in question (for example, configuring MVS settings only applies if the Site Profile is for an MVS server). Others apply globally, like "Keep server file time on downloaded files". Generally these options can be left at their defaults. The File Handling options are described below:

Hide files and folders that start with a period

Select this option to hide files and folders whose names start with a period. UNIX files that start with a period are normally considered hidden files in UNIX. If you would like FTP Voyager to also hide these files, select this option.

Automatic Rename on Upload Select this option to allow FTP Voyager to automatically rename files, when uploaded, as defined in the Auto-Rename section of the Options.
Automatic Rename on Download Select this option to allow FTP Voyager to automatically rename files, when downloaded, as defined in the Auto Rename section of the Options.
Keep server file time on downloaded files

Select this option to maintain the file date and time on downloaded files. Command line FTP usually sets the file date and time to the current date and time of your local computer, but selecting this option keeps the date and time from the FTP server. When not selected, files are given the date and time of your local computer. This option is selected by default.

Keep local file time on uploaded files (Serv-U)

Select this option to maintain the file date and time on uploaded files. If selected, FTP Voyager sends the MDTM command to the server. Not all FTP Servers support this feature. This option is enabled by default.

Set local file to match remote when unable to set remote time

When enabled FTP Voyager will change the local file date and time to match an uploaded file’s date and time. This option works only if FTP Voyager is not able to maintain the uploaded file’s date and time or Keep local file time on uploaded file" is disabled. This is a useful feature when using FTP Voyager’s Synchronize Folders feature because when enabled this forces both files to have the same date and time.

Convert GMT to local time for anonymous connection

This nifty feature will convert server dates and times to your local date and time when you connect to an anonymous site. Many FTP Servers convert file times to GMT for anonymous connections, giving clients the opportunity to show file dates and times in the local time of the FTP client. This option is selected by default.

Convert UNIX files without years (convert future file dates)

UNIX systems normally don't provide a year for files less than 6 months old. This can cause problems for an FTP client because the client does not really know what the file date is. To compensate for this problem, FTP Voyager allows you to convert files that could appear in the future (because without a year the current year is assumed) to a file in the past, which is usually the correct assumption.

If you're sure you have files that are dated in the future, this option may not be good for you, however for 99.9% of users, this option should be selected and is selected by default.

Thorough UNIX link resolution

UNIX links are very handy for UNIX users and system administrators, however they are tricky for FTP clients such as FTP Voyager. UNIX file links are supported in the following way:

FAST (not selected - default)
  • If a link is identified, it is tested as to whether or not its name contains an extension. If it does not have an extension, it is assumed to be a folder. If it does have an extension, it is considered a file.
  • THOROUGH (selected - can be slow)

    If a link is identified, FTP Voyager attempts to change directory (cd) to that link. If successful, it's considered a folder. If not successful, it's considered a file. In many instances the "FAST" or non-selected mode is sufficient. However, in some it is not, and in that case you should select this option.

    Don't show VMS version numbers

    Select this option to prevent FTP Voyager from showing VMS version number when connected to a VMS site. This setting has no affect on non-VMS connections.

    Strip MVS file extensions when uploading

    When enabled and connected to a MVS server strip file extensions when uploading files. When unchecked files are uploaded with the original file name in tact including any part of the name following a period.

    Use UNIX style listings with MVS servers

    Select this option to force FTP Voyager to use UNIX style directory listings and UNIX style file paths instead of using the native MVS format.