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ftp directory listing - restricted to 2000 entries

I have a fairly extensive website (, for Ice Hockey statistics.

It is structured currently, by having the majority of files at the top level directory, and any hierarchy is forced by the HTML.

All of this works fine under frihost.

However, one of the things that I try to do, is to verify that my site still mirrors my local copy (just in case of corruption on upload, or whatever).

What I have done previously, is to, using shell scripts, connect to the ftp server, and run a dir command, whilst capturing the output to a text file... which I then process locally, to confirm that;
- all the files I think should be there are
- no additional files are there
- the files have the same size

When I have tried this on frihost, I get the following error;

226-Options: -a -l
226 Output truncated to 2000 matches
ftp: 156980 bytes received in 1.92Seconds 81.72Kbytes/sec.

Is there anyway around this limitation ?

The two I can think of immediately are;
- run multiple dirs (a*, b* etc etc) to reduce the size of the output
- restructure my website so that I use multiple directories

Neither of these are "simple" changes.... so is it possible to remove the 2000 match restriction?

Thanks, Malcolm
on the long run I'd say PHP and mysql could really do a lot of good here.

I don't think there is an easy way around the limitation, but you could try sorting the files ascending and descending (not sure if that is possible) to get 4k files. If that doesn't work Bondings will have to change the setting somewhere or you'll have to change something on your site.
Thanks for the reply... I suspect I'll have to code the checking myself.

Will Bondings reply to this message or do I have to PM ?

Thanks, Malcolm
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