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Why is no remote file browser in SCP available?

Hi,


I am just asking myself if I am doing anything wrong...
Using the SCP plugin, I expected kind of a commander view:


left side = my computer

right side = remote computer


This would offer the possibility to browse through the folders also on the remote side.

Would this be possible?


regards,

Benedikt


Best Answer

That being said, there are almost no devices anymore that support only SCP but not SFTP. SFTP however supports listing directory structures just like FTP. So it's well worth a try to connect to your device with SFTP instead of SCP.


Hi Benedikt,


a directory/file listing in SCP mode is not that easy to implement as SCP does not provide structured data like in FTP or SFTP. With SCP, the client is actually executing an ls command to list files and directories and then parses the output. This is not as easy as it sounds because the output may be slightly different depending on the OS, version, etc. Applications like WinSCP invest a lot of time and resources to make this work flawlessly. Unfortunately we don't have the time and resources right now to make a similar effort. That's why SCP support is kind of limited right now.


Regards,
Stefan

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That being said, there are almost no devices anymore that support only SCP but not SFTP. SFTP however supports listing directory structures just like FTP. So it's well worth a try to connect to your device with SFTP instead of SCP.


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