Programming Tips - Ftp opens another socket every time it lists a directory's contents.

Date: 2007nov15 Protocol: ftp Q. Ftp opens another socket every time it lists a directory's contents. Is there a way my program can avoid this overhead? A. The LIST and NLST server commands are usually done when a client program does ls or dir. They open a new socket and require either the POST or PASV commands before hand. But the STAT command sends the same info and does not open a new socket and associated complications. To list the current directory do:
STAT .
To list another directory do:
STAT <dir>
You can also use:
MDTM <file> SIZE <file>
To get a file's modify date/time and size via the same connection.