Strange XP ftp problem...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by zer(-)biwan, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. zer(-)biwan

    zer(-)biwan Guest

    Hi,
    I'm having a problem with the 'ftp' command in command console.
    Where as i used to get a response like;
    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx>ftp
    ftp> open etc ....

    I now get a response like this;

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx>ftp
    ftp: connect
    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx>

    This doesn't make any sense, as I can't connect to a host via the usual method.

    I also get this error when using "Smart ftp" when trying to connect to any host...

    Connecting to (ftp.xxxxxx.com).
    No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.
    Connection closed

    I'm using a dialup, with the firewall enabled, but I've tried just about everything, including "firewall settings disabled", "Passive on and off".
    Any help???
     
  2. Lactic.Acid

    Lactic.Acid Guest

    Well, you can type "ftp ftp.hostname.com" at the command line, and that should work...the SmartFTP error, you've probably gotta change some settings for the specific server you're connecting to.
    /Lactic
     
  3. zer(-)biwan

    zer(-)biwan Guest

    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply, but the error is still there.
    Believe me I now how to use ftp, this is specifically an XP problem.

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxx>ftp ftp.xxxx.com
    > ftp: connect :Unknown error number
    ftp: connect
    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxx>

    Still open to suggestions.:)
     
  4. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

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    Does it work if you use a 3rd party ftp program? if so then it is a problem with your connection and/or firewall seeing as a 3rd party ftp program won't use XP's built in FTP

    and I know xp's FTP works fine so it is definitely some sort of connection problems.
     
  5. zer(-)biwan

    zer(-)biwan Guest

    No, as I said I also get this error when using "Smart ftp" when trying to connect to any host...

    Connecting to (ftp.xxxxxx.com).
    No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.
    Connection closed

    This is definitely an XP issue as the commandline responses show...

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx>ftp
    ftp: connect
    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxxx>


    and;

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxx>ftp ftp.xxxx.com
    > ftp: connect :Unknown error number
    ftp: connect
    C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxxx>

    As said, I've tried it with firewall on and off.
     
  6. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

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    if it is an XP issue it is an issue unique to you..but as I said it would most likely be your connection or something else of that nature

    I can see you deeming it an XP problem from the response your getting at the command line, but the command line response has NOTHING to do with smart ftp...for both of those programs to not work would be more then xp's built in FTP...to do a test download cuteftp or such and if that dosn't work you know it's not an XP problem unless you have a program actively blocking ftp

    also have you tried ftp'ing to a site such as ftp.aol.com or such from inside internet explorer?

    I'm sorry to be so contradictive, but as a networking tech I can't fathom XP's built in ftp not working affecting any other ftp program since they do not use any inherent os abilities...only thing thawould break all of them is if your tcp/ip stack was bad..other then that XP can't cause all FTP programs to stop working..only some sort of network misconfiguration or firewall problem could
     
  7. zer(-)biwan

    zer(-)biwan Guest

    I knew it was xp, the ftp.exe in the system was corrupt.
    I simply copied across a copy from my other workstation and now it works fine. Now why didn't I do that in the first place?
    O well, sorted.
     
  8. Qumahlin

    Qumahlin Moderator

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    but that does not explain why 3rd party programs would not work....the only way that would be applicable is if the 3rd party programmer was lazy and instead of using it's own FTP was simply providing a GUI and using the built in windows FTP..which would be extremely shoddy