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    Listing files at a URL

    Does anyone know how (or if it is possible) to get a directory listing for a given URL?

    I thought I had it working using HttpWebRequest and specifying the URL and the parsing the HTML directory listing (yuck) that it returned.

    However, if the directory contains a file called say "default.htm", then the HTML contents of that file are returned instead of the HTML directory listing.

    Is there a smarter way to aceive my goal?

    Note: It's read-only, so I don't want to use FTP with a User Id and Password.
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    Re: Listing files at a URL

    If I look over HTTP protocol, I see no way how to do it. It is possible only if server is configured to do this.
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    Re: Listing files at a URL

    boudino, I'm tending to agree with you. I suspect it would be a security issue if you could do this by default.
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    Re: Listing files at a URL

    Then how do search engines work?

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    Re: Listing files at a URL

    By following links and parsing HMTL documents returned from server.
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    Re: Listing files at a URL

    thus creating a directory listing

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