[lftp] Mirror not detecting change in remote symlinked file

Christopher Stone ccstone at ebscohost.com
Thu Dec 27 20:37:40 MSK 2012

Hi all,


I'm having trouble having lftp (4.4.0) pick up that a symlinked file on
a remote server has changed, so it won't download it.


The local directory we currently have is:

user at server:~> ls -l /mirror/dept/ftp.host.org/user

total 172680

drwxrwxr-x 2 mirror mirror      4096 2012-10-18 17:49 10-18-12

-rw-r--r-- 1 mirror mirror        43 2012-08-08 12:00 ABCD.txt

-rw-r--r-- 1 mirror mirror 176120988 2012-08-08 12:00 ABCD.zip


When I use lfp to connect to the FTP site with no other options, it
shows the newer files:

user at server:~> lftp -u 'user,pass' ftp://ftp.host.org

lftp user at ftp.host.org:~> ls

drwxr-xr-x    2 22651    user           4 Dec  6 17:16 .

drwxr-xr-x    2 22651    user           4 Dec  6 17:16 ..

lrwxrwxrwx    1 22651    user          22 Dec  6 17:16 ABCD.txt ->

lrwxrwxrwx    1 22651    user          22 Dec  6 17:16 ABCD.zip ->


I can download those files manually OK. However when we use the mirror
command (we have this scripted to run on a number of different servers
and this command has worked OK so far) we get the following:

user at server:~> /usr/local/bin/lftp -e 'set ftp:ssl-allow 0; set
net:socket-bind-ipv4; set net:max-retries 4; set
ssl:verify-certificate no; set ftp:use-tvfs yes; mirror --no-empty-dirs
--dereference --no-perms --verbose=3 ~/
"/mirror/dept/ftp.host.org/user";bye' -u 'user,pass' ftp://ftp.host.org

Old directory `10-18-12' is not removed

Total: 1 directory, 0 files, 2 symlinks

To be removed: 1 directory, 0 files, 0 symlinks


It does seem to be dereferencing correctly, because if I delete the
existing files from August it will correctly download the new ones from
December. It doesn't seem to be detecting that there has actually been a
change though. Is this not possible to detect in the way that the remote
server has their FTP set up?


Thanks for any help,



ccstone at ebscohost.com

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