Connecting to FTPD with a Web Browser

Charles Steaderman charlies at
Sat May 29 13:24:33 UTC 2004

Quoting Steve Strobel <steve at>:

> We are working on a user interface for updating the firmware on our product. 
> We have FTPD working and a routine that will take the received file and store
> in the MicroMonitor's TFS (flash file system).  That works great when using a
> standard FTP client (we have been using the command-line version included
> with W2K).  We are testing it with a modified version of httpdemo.
> Since many people are not comfortable with a command line interface, we hoped
> to use a web browser or maybe Windows Explorer as the FTP client.  For some
> reason, though we can get either of them to connect to FTPD, they won't
> display the files from the in-memory file system.  The "ls" command does work
> from the command-line FTP client.  Occasionally we get some kind of error
> message about "cwd".  While it is true that FTPD doesn't seem to support
> "cwd" even from the command line client (it does support "pwd"), both IE and
> Windows Explorer will show the files on a different FTP server we have access
> to that doesn't support "cwd" either.  Can anyone suggest why IE and Windows
> Explorer won't display the files?
> If we do get the above problem solved, I would expect that uploading files
> with Windows Explorer would work normally (enter or
> something like that as the filename, if you need a password, go to the file
> menu and select "Logon As" and enter it, then paste files from the Windows
> clipboard into the directory on the FTP server).  Does anyone know if it is
> possible to upload files using a web browser in a similar way?  Web browsers
> don't have a "Logon As" menu option, nor a way to cut and paste files.  

I use the syntax:
InternetExplorer will then prompt you for a password.
> Ideally, what I would like to do is use the GoAhead web server to provide a
> page that the user could connect to with his web browser.  That page would
> have a link to get the latest firmware from our web site (so he could
> download it to his PC), then another button that would let him transfer that
> file to our unit using FTPD.
> Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
> Steve
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Charlie Steaderman
charlies at
VP Engineering
Poliac Research Corporation
Phone: 952.707.6245
Cel: 612.242.6364

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