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Fecth 5.0.3 and VMS (5 posts)

  • Started 9 years ago by selasley
  • Latest reply 9 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • selasley Member

    We are running OpenVMS 7.3 with version 5.4 of the ftp server. Is there a preference setting to make Fetch 5.0.3 display file version numbers in the file list again? I realize this is a new feature, but we prefer to see the file version numbers. Also, Fetch 5.0.x is much slower listing files on vms systems than Fetch 4.0.3. We have a directory with about 3400 files in it. Fetch 5.0.3 takes about 1 minute to completely list the directory via ftp, while Fetch 4.0.3 completes the listing in under 10 seconds. Is there any way to speed up the ftp directory listing for vms systems in Fetch 5?

    Thanks,
    Scott

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Scott,

    You can re-enable the display of VMS file version numbers in the file list by quitting Fetch, opening the Terminal application, and typing the following line:

    defaults write com.fetchsoftworks.Fetch ShowVMSVersionNumbers -bool true

    (You may want to copy and paste that line, I know from personal esperience it's easy to get it wrong.) Then run Fetch again. You may need to refresh your files lists to see the version numbers. If you are still having a problem, let us know.

    I don't have an answer for you immediately about the speed difference in displaying file lists. Thanks for the feedback, and we will look into it.

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Regarding Fetch 5 being slower to load VMS file lists than Fetch 4... do you usually have the transcript window open when you're using Fetch? If so, is loading the file lists quicker if you close the transcript window?

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • selasley Member

    Hi,

    thanks for the tip on restoring version numbers.

    I normally have the transcript window closed. I did a test on the directory with 3400 files. With the transcript window closed, refreshing the listing takes around 1 minute to finish. With the transcript window open, the listing took just over 2 minutes to finish. I tried the same thing with Fetch 4.0.3 - 5 seconds to complete the listing with no transcript window and 20 seconds with the transcript window.

    FWIW, my boss thinks that Fetch 4.0.3 was faster at listing directory contents than version 4.0.2. Fetch works better with the VMS ftp server than any other ftp application we've tried, so we're happy users.

    Thanks,
    Scott

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for the report. We changed the method that Fetch 5 uses to download file lists so that it downloads more thorough file list information, including modification dates, and the server may not be able to send that information as quickly as the more limited information Fetch 4 downloaded.

    As you saw, you should keep the transcript window closed (as you normally do) to keep the download times from being even longer.

    We're glad to hear Fetch works well with your VMS server, thanks for the positive feedback.

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

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