Because each FTP server program has its own quirks and unique interpretation of the FTP protocol, most bugs in NcFTP Client are caused by an unexpected interaction with a particular type of server software. What helps us fix our own bugs or work-around server bugs is the actual FTP protocol dialogue that was exchanged, and we call this a FTP protocol trace.
NcFTP Client (the interactive ncftp program) automatically stores the trace in the file $HOME/.ncftp/trace. Simply run ncftp, recreate the problem, quit the program, and inspect the $HOME/.ncftp/trace file.
The other programs (ncftpget, ncftpput, etc.) have a special command-line option (-d) which saves the trace to a log file. For example, if your original command was:
A sample $HOME/.ncftp/trace file follows. When sending us your bug report, please include a trace with your e-mail. This will help us diagnose the problem, and recreate the problem as closely as possible.
SESSION STARTED at: Wed Aug 27 14:18:41 2003 Program Version: NcFTP 3.1.6/102 Aug 25 2003, 08:04 PM Library Version: LibNcFTP 3.1.6 (August 24, 2003) Process ID: 1174 Platform: linux-x86 Hostname: pc.example.com (rc=3) Terminal: vt100 14:18:41 Fw: firewall.example.com Type: 0 User: joseph Pass: ******** Port: 21 14:18:41 FwExceptions: .example.com,localhost,localdomain 14:18:51 > o ftp.example.com 14:18:51 Resolving ftp.example.com... 14:18:51 Connecting to 172.16.75.25... 14:18:51 LibNcFTP 3.1.6 (August 24, 2003) compiled for linux-x86 14:18:51 Uname: Linux|pc|2.4.20|#2 SMP Mon Feb 17 15:36:45 CST 2003|i686 14:18:51 Glibc: 2.2.4 (stable) 14:18:51 Remote server is running wu-ftpd. 14:18:51 Logging in... 14:18:51 220: ftp.example.com FTP server (Version wu-2.6.1-18) ready. 14:18:51 Connected to 172.16.75.25. 14:18:51 Cmd: USER anonymous 14:18:51 331: Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password. 14:18:51 Cmd: PASS firstname.lastname@example.org 14:18:51 Logging in... 14:18:51 230: Guest login ok, access restrictions apply. 14:18:51 Cmd: PWD 14:18:51 257: "/" is current directory. 14:18:51 Logged in to 172.16.75.25 as anonymous. 14:19:31 > get secretfile.txt 14:19:31 Cmd: SIZE secretfile.txt 14:19:31 550: secretfile.txt: No such file or directory. 14:19:31 Cmd: PASV 14:19:31 227: Entering Passive Mode (172,16,75,25,49,39) 14:19:31 Cmd: RETR secretfile.txt 14:19:31 550: secretfile.txt: No such file or directory. 14:19:44 > quit 14:19:46 Cmd: QUIT 14:19:46 221: You have transferred 0 bytes in 0 files. 14:19:46 Total traffic for this session was 1011 bytes in 0 transfers. 14:19:46 Thank you for using the FTP service on ftp.example.com. SESSION ENDED at: Wed Aug 27 14:19:46 2003