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Net_FTP::ls() -- returns the listing of a directory in a specified way.


require_once 'Net/FTP.php';

mixed Net_FTP::ls ([string $dir = null [, string $mode = NET_FTP_DIRS_FILES]])


this function gives you a listing of either the files / directories / both or an unformated array (like the PHP function ftp_rawlist()).


Return value

mixed - a directory listing in the form you determine on success, otherwise PEAR::Error.


Several errors may be returned by ls. The errornumber is unspecific (until now) and will not tell you anything about the errormessage. Possible errors are:

Table 54-1. Possible PEAR_Error values

Error messageDescriptionSolution
Raw directory-list in wrong format. The format given by the server on PHP function ftp_rawlist()was wrong. Check if the directory you wanted to be listed is correct and you have access to listing it. Specify a correct directory path (eg. /my/file/path/, ../) and check (maybe change) the rights on it.
Could not get last-modification-date of '$file'. The last-modification date could not be determined by PHP. Reasons for this might be that your FTP-server does not support the used command or that you gave the function a non existent file as reference.

  • check the given file for existence

  • contact the FTP server's admin

Date-format failed on timestamp '$res'. The given format-string was not well formated. Check the documentation of the PHP function date().


This function can not be called statically.


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