Net::FTP::AutoReconnect - FTP client class with automatic reconnect on failure


Net::FTP::AutoReconnect is a wrapper module around Net::FTP. For many commands, if anything goes wrong on the first try, it tries to disconnect and reconnect to the server, restore the state to the same as it was when the command was executed, then execute it again. The state includes login credentials, authorize credentials, transfer mode (ASCII or binary), current working directory, and any restart, passive, or port commands sent.


The goal of this method is to hide some implementation details of FTP server systems from the programmer. In particular, many FTP systems will automatically disconnect a user after a relatively short idle time or after a transfer is aborted. In this case, Net::FTP::AutoReconnect will simply reconnect, send the commands necessary to return your session to its previous state, then resend the command. If that fails, it will return the error.

It makes no effort to determine what sorts of errors are likely to succeed when they're retried. Partly that's because it's hard to know; if you're retreiving a file from an FTP site with several mirrors and the file is not found, for example, maybe on the next try you'll connect to a different server and find it. But mostly it's from laziness; if you have some good ideas about how to determine when to retry and when not to bother, by all means send patches.

This module contains an instance of Net::FTP, which it passes most method calls along to.

These methods also record their state: alloc, ascii, authorize, binary, cdup, cwd, hash, login,restart, pasv, port. Directory changing commands execute a pwd afterwards and store their new working directory.

These methods are automatically retried: alloc, appe, append, ascii, binary, cdup, cwd, delete, dir, get, list, ls, mdtm, mkdir, nlst, pasv, port, put, put_unique, pwd, rename, retr, rmdir, size, stou, supported.

These methods are tried just once: abort, authorize, hash, login, pasv_xfer, pasv_xfer_unique, pasv_wait, quit, restart, site, unique_name. From Net::Cmd: code, message, ok, status. restart doesn't actually send any FTP commands (they're sent along with the command they apply to), which is why it's not restarted.

Any other commands are unimplemented (or possibly misdocumented); if I missed one you'd like, please send a patch.



All parameters are passed along verbatim to Net::FTP, as well as stored in case we have to reconnect.


Most of the methods are those of Net::FTP. One additional method is available:


Abandon the current FTP connection and create a new one, restoring all the state we can.


Disconnect the current FTP connection abruptly. Mostly useful for testing.


Return the number of times we have connected or reconnected to this server. Mostly useful for testing.


Scott Gifford <>


We should really be smarter about when to retry.

We shouldn't be hardwired to use Net::FTP, but any FTP-compatible class; that would allow all modules similar to this one to be chained together.

Much of this is only lightly tested; it's hard to find an FTP server unreliable enough to test all aspects of it. It's mostly been tested with a server that dicsonnects after an aborted transfer, and the module seems to work OK.




Copyright (c) 2006 Scott Gifford. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.