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ftplib.FTP.retr binary() hangs on completion


I've been having some headaches with FTP.retrbinary( ) hanging on

I'm only seeing the symptom when downloading a 700k .bmp file in passive

What happens is that after all the data comes in over the data connection,
..retrbinary() does 'return self.voidresp() '. This has a call chain ending
with 'self.file.read line()'.

To investigate, I overrode the .getline() method with one
which replaces the self.file.readl ine() with a self.sock.recv( 1) loop, and
determined from this that after the last byte of binary data comes in on
the data connection, not a single byte comes in on the control connection.

Not sure if this is a deeper underlying socket issue - I'm running
python2.3 on debian unstable linux.

For a workaround, I've overridden retrbinary, so that it sets a socket
timeout on the control connection prior to doing the last .voidresp()
call, and in the event of timeout, it closes the control connection,
reconnects and logs in again - very ugly.

Can anyone share some light, or offer a better workaround?


Jun 29 '06 #1
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"aum" <au*@spam.me.pl ease> wrote:
What happens is that after all the data comes in over the data connection,
.retrbinary() does 'return self.voidresp() '. This has a call chain ending
with 'self.file.read line()'.

To investigate, I overrode the .getline() method with one
which replaces the self.file.readl ine() with a self.sock.recv( 1) loop, and
determined from this that after the last byte of binary data comes in on
the data connection, not a single byte comes in on the control connection.

since both sides has closed the data connection socket when you get that far, it
looks like the server you're talking to is broken; see


for details on what the server is supposed to do, and what the client can expect
from the server.


Jun 29 '06 #2

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