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FileZilla Dangerous?
Brett_Tabke

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 5:13 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

Filezilla. Great FTP client. I used it for about a year until it gave me a very serious problem that I still blame for corrupting a remote server.

I have never used an FTP client that allowed you to drag-n-drop directories within the remote server. It is one thing to drag a directory to/from a server, but it is something else entirely to drag a directory WITHIN that server.

If you accidentally grab a directory due to an errant mouse click, it is very easy to blow away a live website. It is pretty easy to do on a machine that may be saturated and slow to respond. A mouse click and drag can confuse a system pretty easily when it is under load.

It happened to me, and it took the better part of a day to figure out what happened and to fix it. After relating this story to a few folks online, I heard from several that it had happened to them as well. It also happened to me a few more times after the serious one and that was when I put down FZ.

 

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 5:37 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yep, count me in on this snafu as well. Major PITA.

I've been using Win SCP for the past year or so. I do still use FZ here and there out of convenience.

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 5:45 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

I kiled a site a year or so ago using filezila
"right click > delete"
instead of
"right click > download"

The reason I needed to download was due to a loss of backup. I ended up having to recover the files from a toasted disk.

In my case it was my error, but it just goes to show how easy it can be done. I think FZ should impliment an "are you sure you want to..." style pop up when you are about to do something major.

Mack.

grandpa

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 6:16 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

My own experience is that I've been using this client for several years without a hitch.

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 6:27 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

I screwed up once by accidentally double-clicking on a file; it's set to transfer on that action by default install but at least you can set it to no action.

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 6:44 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

I can understand the comments... I've never made this kind of mistake myself, but thanks for the heads up. Like grandpa, I've been using the application for years without a problem.

piatkow

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Msg#: 4052168 posted 9:39 am on Jan 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have never had a problem either - so far - but I'll be a lot more careful in future.

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