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Re: Using ange-ftp between Unix and VMS.

From: Peter Milliken
Subject: Re: Using ange-ftp between Unix and VMS.
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 06:52:25 +1100

Don't know if it is the same problem that I had about 3 years ago now - I
was trying to ange-ftp from a Windoze box to VMS (the company I was working
for then didn't want to put any NFS type package onto the VMS box).

At that time ange-ftp didn't make much of an attempt to understand the
output of ls from VMS ftp. Looking at ange-ftp now, it looks like the
maintainers have done considerable work to attempt supporting VMS.

Have you looked through the ange-ftp.el commentary? There seems to be some
extensive stuff there now over the version I was using.

As a last resort you'll have to do what I did - which is debug the source
and work it out for yourself. Back then I wrote a reasonable amount of Elisp
and then recoded some of it into Ada ((quick parsing and restructuring of
the output of ls to suit what ange-ftp wanted) for speed. I think from
memory it took about 2 - 3 days to get up and going but since all of the
work was on VMS boxes it was worth the time investment :-)

Goodluck, I know how frustrating it can be to want to use Emacs and be stuck
with something like VMS (which I have used extensively about 15 years ago -
but who wants to go back to using LSE and EVE when you have been exposed
Emacs? :-)).


"Will Williamson" <> wrote in message">
> I am using gnu emacs version 21.2.1 on a Solaris box.  I am trying to
> use ange-ftp to access files on a VMS machine.  I get the following
> error: "Cannot get listing for device".  Here is the output from the
> ange-ftp window:
> ftp> open e15a1
> Connected to e15a1.
> 220 e15a1 FTP Server (Version 4.2) Ready.
> ftp> user "wewilli1" Turtle Power!
> 331 Username WEWILLI1 requires a Password
> 230 User logged in.
> ftp> hash
> Hash mark printing on (8192 bytes/hash mark).
> ftp>
> Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this?

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