Where can I get an FTP program with Search feature?
I would like to be able to search the files on my FTP by name, and the words within the file. Let's say I am using a phrase on one page. Instead of trying to track that page down, I can just search my FTP for part of the phrase and it will show me where that file is.
I could really use a tool like this. Please, if you know of one, tell me what it is and where I can get it.
Just tried by below suggestion, doesn't work. Perhaps FileZilla or another client allows searching? I forgot if FTP protocol has a search or find command.
If you are using a microsoft windows OS, you could probably just use the built-in FTP feature in explorer.exe. Eg run this cmd line: explorer ftp://yoursite.abc/
and it might let you search using the windows explorer toolbar and right clicking. I haven't tested it, but I would be surprised if they left that out.
Last edited by savvykms; 08-30-2010 at 05:04 PM.
Computer programmer / web developer.
To the best of my knoweldge, doing this over FTP would be equivalent to downloading the whole file tree and performing a local search, since FTP is pretty strictly a File Transfer Protocol.
You could accomplish what you want to some extent with SSH/SCP. What type of server are you connecting to?
I believe it is an Apache server, if that makes a difference. I know that most common FTPs don't allow searching, such as FileZilla and WinSCP. I know I used an FTP program a few years ago which allowed searching, but I can't remember the name of it. Overall it wasn't the most user-friendly FTP, but it searched well.
I could download the file tree, but that could take hours, especially when it's a large eCommerce site or something.
I know there are searchable FTPs out there, but are so hard to find.
I need this kind of Ftp program ,too. With this kind of function ,it will be more easier to manage files of website.
Well, I'm not saying you could download the tree--I'm saying that the FTP client must download the whole tree to perform a search. The FTP protocol doesn't have any native commands that perform server-side file searches.
Has anyone else been able to do this somehow? Is there a way to invoke grep with quote on some servers?
... In any case, Apache--good, but what operating system? Can you SSH/SFTP in?
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