Once the file is on the server, you would need shell access, which an FTP client would not normally have through an FTP login. Not to say it couldn't be done, but it would probably have to connect over rsh to an actual login account on the server (if it allows it).
see, that's JUST my point!
let's take filezilla
it operates exactly as an ftp client as does
BUT... let's change the right click to give some more functionality
right click a file and u get a few options
if u right click a zip file, you get the chance to unzip at it's location
when the right click happens, an rsh (if that's what it's called) command gets sent
if the host is rsh compatible, then great
else, nothing happens
u would maybe later add in some extra error and fool proof checking - but just for now, JUST this one thing would be amazing!
actually, add to that mass deleting or moving files in a similar fashion - so u don't have to go through the file by file wait!
i'd love to say that i'm a genius and have come up with a great solution - but surely others have come up with a similar idea?
keep ftp for all the good bits, but then add a few extra functionalities
i did do a google search on the topic and found one or 2 threads asking why filezilla didn't have this sort of functionality
a 'great' defender was throwing the rule book about saying those hideous command ideas should be banished because they were not ftp compliant or something to that effect!