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Bug 982038 - mc mostly stumble in determining mtime on FTP VFS (and isn't possible correct it)
Summary: mc mostly stumble in determining mtime on FTP VFS (and isn't possible correct...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mc
Version: 18
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-07-07 23:50 UTC by Frantisek Hanzlik
Modified: 2014-02-05 22:05 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2014-02-05 22:05:00 UTC

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Description Frantisek Hanzlik 2013-07-07 23:50:32 UTC
Description of problem:
When copying files from (maybe to also, but it perhaps isn't so significant) remote FTP site, it seems as mc:

- not use FTP FEAT extensions as MDTM/MLST/MLSD, and
- files mtime is taken only from LIST result (which isn't anyhow standartized)

and sets mtime on local file to this /local/ time. This is almost always incorrect - remote FTP server often is located in different timezone. Moreover, it seems as majority of FTP servers as response to LIST command now sent file mtimes as GMT time.

Thus, for right local file mtime setting, 'mc' should behave better. This may be perhaps achieved by several ways, several what invades me:

- using MDTM/MLST/MLSD extensions. But this a) not have to be present at FTP server, and b) it can significantly decrease performance (by performing MDTM on each file in FTP server directory)

- mc 'hotlist' could have additional item/flag for FTP URL which will specify time offset between time reported by 'ls' command and GMT time.

- maybe one global setting (e.g. in VFS setting menu or as special setting in ini file) which will set one global time offset used for all FTP connection can help too.

Midnight Commander version: mc-4.8.7-3.fc18.i686

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