Files list on a web server

Alex Rice alex at
Sun Dec 1 15:45:01 EST 2002

On Sunday, December 1, 2002, at 09:40  AM, Andre Rombauts wrote:

> Is there a way to get the list of files present in a folder on a web 
> server thru the URL access?
> André

In addition to what Jan said, you can sometimes get an hmtl list back 
from a URL ending in "/" which indicates a directory. What you get back 
depends on how the web server has been configured to deal with file 
listings, and whether there is an "index" file in place. Usually if 
there is an index.html file, the web server won't allow a listing of 
files. Usually if there is not an index.html, and the web server hasn't 
been explicitly not to do file listings, it will return an html listing 
of files including icons and timestamps and stuff.

Alex Rice, Software Developer
Architectural Research Consultants, Inc.
alex_rice at
alrice at

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