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Microsoft KB Archive/103075

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How to Format Directory Output with FTP Server

Article ID: 103075

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q103075


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.

Some File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client software makes assumptions based on the formatting of directory list information. The Windows NT FTP server provides some flexibility for client software that requires directory formatting similar to UNIX systems.

To set the default for the format of directory listings for new FTP users, change the value of MsDosDirOutput using the Registry Editor (REGEDT32.EXE). MS DOS-style listings are a value of 1 (the default), and UNIX-style listings are a value of 0.

The path to the MsDosDirOutput entry is as follows:


Users can toggle this setting with the site-specific command DIRSTYLE. On most FTP client implementations (including the Windows NT FTP client), users enter a command similar to

   quote site dirstyle

to get this effect.

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