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Directories Tab (Site Properties Dialog Box)

Getting there
  1. Start the FTP Client.

    This opens the Connect to FTP Site dialog box. (If the FTP Client is already running and this dialog box is not open, go to Connection > Connect.)

  2. From the Connect to FTP Site dialog box, select a site.

  3. Click the Properties button.


  • If you are already connected to a site, from the Connection menu, choose Site Properties.

  • Some changes you make using the Site > Properties dialog box when connected will not take effect until the next time you connect to the site.

Use this tab to specify how your directory listings are displayed. The options are:


Home directory Select the server directory the FTP Client should display after a connection is made.
Show directory upon connection Select whether a list of the files and folders in the working server directory is displayed in the right pane each time you open a connection to this site. If you choose not to show server directories and you want to change to a different server directory, use the Go To command on the Tools menu or use the CD command at the FTP command line.
Refresh directory automatically Select whether the server directory listing shown in the right pane is updated when you execute a CD command, or perform any operation that adds or deletes files or directories on the server.
Try to convert dates to local system format Select whether dates display in the format specified by the regional settings in Windows Control Panel. Leave this check box cleared if you want dates to display in the date format used on the server.
Resolve links Select how directory listings are created when you are connected to a server that supports symbolic links. When this box is checked, the server pane correctly uses folders to display symbolic links that identify directories. Clear this box if you don't need this feature and you want to improve response time for new or refreshed file listings.
Cache directory listing Select whether directory listings are cached on your local PC. Using cached directory listings speeds up the server pane display as you navigate through your server directories, but will not reflect changes you have made to your server files. When this box is cleared, file listings are updated from the server each time you change the display.

NOTE: Using the Refresh command (F5) always shows any changes you have made on the server even if you are using cached file listings.
Display file names only Select whether directory listings include filenames only. You can use this setting as a troubleshooting tool if the client is having difficulty displaying directory listings for your host. When this check box is cleared, file listings are created using the FTP LIST command; when it is selected, file listings use NLST.

This setting does not apply to SFTP connections.
Don't send PWD command When this option is selected, the FTP Client does not send a PWD command when you are connected to the server. Enabling this setting may fix connection problems encountered with some hosts. When it is enabled, the current server directory path won't be displayed in the server's title bar, and the Go to a different Folder list box (located on the left side of the toolbar), will not display host directory information. You will see your local PC directories even when the server pane is selected.

NOTE: Press F7 to open the command window before you try connecting to your server. If the server returns an error after Reflection sends the PWD command, try enabling this setting.

This setting does not apply to SFTP connections.
File View Filter Type a default file view filter for the server using wildcard characters that are recognized by the server.
LIST command parameters Specify the command parameters the FTP Client uses when it sends an FTP LIST command to the server. The appropriate parameters depend on the type of server you are connecting to. Changing this value may help troubleshoot some problems. Use caution when modifying LIST command parameters for use with the MDEL command.

On some systems the list can be set to recursively list files in subfolders.

This feature is not available for SFTP connections.
Show attributes before creating directory Select this option to see a dialog box that enables you to set directory permissions whenever you create a new directory on the server.


Home folder Type the path to a home (default) folder for the FTP Client. When a connection to the site is opened, the local working folder is set automatically to the specified home path and that location will receive any server files you transfer using the Download command.

The global Default local home folder setting is ignored for this site.