Opened 11 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

#8697 closed Bug report (wontfix)

Beginning and trailing spaces are trimmed from directory names on remote folders

Reported by: Chris Johnsen Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: FileZilla Client
Keywords: directory traversal Cc:
Component version: Operating system type: Windows
Operating system version: Windows, OS X, Linux


If a directory name on a remote server begins or ends with a space, FileZilla appears to trim the space(s) and the user is unable to work with the directory (list contents, rename, etc.)

I have tested and was able to reproduce on Windows, OS X and CentOS 6.4.

To reproduce, create a folder with a name that starts with or ends with a space. Attempt to list the contents of this folder from FileZilla.

The log window reads:

Status: Retrieving directory listing...
Command: CWD /
Response: 250 Directory successfully changed.
Command: CWD Testing with Space
Response: 550 Failed to change directory.
Error: Failed to retrieve directory listing

Change History (3)

comment:1 by Alexander Schuch, 11 years ago

Status: newmoreinfo

Do you use LIST or MLSD? If you do not know, please provide logs.

comment:2 by Chris Johnsen, 11 years ago

Status: moreinfonew

We use LIST.

comment:3 by Alexander Schuch, 11 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

As written in the Wiki (

FileZilla ignores leading space of filename or directory

This happens on FTP servers not supporting the MLSD command. On those servers FileZilla falls back to LIST. Unfortunately the listing format returned by LIST is not standardised. It is impossible to distinguish leading spaces from padding. To solve this issue, simply upgrade to a modern server supporting the MLSD command or refrain from using leading spaces.

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