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FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:15 pm
by mahks
I was/am looking for an ftp client and thought I would give FileZilla a try.

But the uploaded files get timestamped with the upload time not the file modification time, so it is impossible to manage uploads.

I did set "preserve timestamps of transferred files". This mentioned that the sever must support this.

Do CWH servers have this support?

After further research I found the following statement:
"If preserving file timestamps, use MDTM command if downloading files where the directory listing does not have enough precision"
, but could find no explanation of how to use "MDTM command"


Could someone suggest an ftp client that can track file differences between the server and local.

Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:23 pm
by pfeiffer
Hi Mahks,

I am struggeling with the same problem.

Did you already found a solution and are you willing to share it on the forum?

Thanks a lot!

Michael Pfeiffer

Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:50 pm
by mahks
Hi Michael,

No I have not found a real solution.

I am confused as to why there are no answers to this question.
I would assume a large portion of webmasters only want to upload their revised files. How do they do it?
... and why are they keeping it a secret?

And why would a server be configured to change the modified time on a file?

Currently I am using the FTP section of an ancient copy of dreamweaver because it tracks its own uploads,
but it does need help when it finds a newer file on the server.
This happens because of the time difference between my local machine and the server.

Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:52 pm
by jeffrey

In our cPanel servers we use Pure-ftpd as the FTP server and unfortunately, at present Pure-ftpd does not support the MDTM command. So time stamp preservation and modification will not be possible through FTP.

The easiest way to get this done in the current setup would be to archive the files in zip format and then upload them to the server. After that use the 'File Manager' in cPanel to unzip them. The zip file will show the time you uploaded it to the server, however, the unzipped files will show the modification date on your system.


Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:40 am
by mahks
Thanks for the reply Jeffrey,

But that does not help any FTP client, I know of, identify which files need to be zipped and uploaded.

How do webmasters with huge sites manage how they upload revised files?

You mentioned "In our cPanel servers we use Pure-ftpd" do you have a server that does support MDTM?

Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:30 am
by acantonyclark1
A friend told me that filezilla only works for FTP but not for SFTP. I had filezilla download yesterday. but i am unable to work for SFTP. Any good ideas??

Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:57 pm
by vick

Unfortunately, Filezilla doesn't support SFTP. Please refer the below url.

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You can use FTPES account.


Re: FileZilla and timestamp

PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:43 pm
by mahks
For some reason this is now working. (files retain the modified time)

Has something changed?