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xftp and openvpn

Last post: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:26 AM by Stuart, 7 reply

Friday, April 28, 2006 9:14 PM - Stuart

xftp and openvpn

I have been using xftp and have noticed a problem when using it over openvpn. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this.
Basically the file transfer window indicates the progress at 100% but the status stays at "Progressing".

Has anyone else noticed some similar behaviour? Incidentily using xftp to the same server transferring the same file is always succesful when using the vpn tunnel.

Friday, April 28, 2006 9:21 PM - Stuart

Re: xftp and openvpn

I should have mentioned that the problem is with downloading files.

Upload does not work eithier but the problem is a little different. When uploading the file is created on the server but is 0 bytes and the status is "Ready".

xftp Version 1.3 build 00004.

Thanks again
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 2:53 PM - Support

Re: Re: xftp and openvpn

This problem has been fixed in the latest Xftp release. Please try upgrading your Xftp.

You can find Xftp setup file at

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 5:27 PM - Stuart

Re: Re: Re: xftp and openvpn

I just upgraded to Version 1.3 Build 0113 and still have the same problem. Which version should I be using?
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 6:22 PM - Support

Re: Re: Re: Re: xftp and openvpn

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

We will test this problem and get back to you shortly.

Meanwhile for an accurate test, please provide us with the following information:

1. Name/version of used programs (OpenVPN, VPN Tunnel, and VPN client)
2. Instruction on how we can duplicate this problem.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 8:36 PM - Stuart

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: xftp and openvpn

No problem thanks for the response.

The VPN client is Windows XP SP2 with OpenVPN GUI 1.0 (www.openvpn.se). The server is OpenVPN 2.0 installed from source on Mandrakelinux release 10.2 (Limited Edition 2005) for i586 with Kernel 2.6.11-6mdk-i686-up-4GB on an i686.

I have duplicated the problem by starting the VPN and then using xshell to esablish an SSH session. Then I click on the xftp icon in xshell to start xftp. Then I start a transfer from the client. This transfer reports the status as ready and creates a 0 byte file. The connection then disconnects after a short time.

When downloading from the server to the client then the transfer enters status progressing gets to 100% but never finishes.

Hope that helps...
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 5:07 PM - Support

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: xftp and openvpn

Unfortunately, we were not able to duplicate this problem. Here is how we tested this problem:

1. Install OpenVPN on Mandrake
2. Create a virtual network. (Subnet: 10.8.0.xxx)
3. From PC, connect to the OpenVPN server using OpenVPN GUI.
4. Use Xshell to make ssh connection to the server.
5. Start Xftp by clicking the Xftp icon on Xshell.
6. Upload/Download test.

Here are specs of the test machines used in the test:

Remote Server: Mandrake 10.2 Limited Edition 2005
VPN Version: OpenVPN 2.0.7

PC: Windows XP SP2 (English Edition)
VPN Client: OpenVPN GUI v1.0.3
SSH (Sftp) server: OpenSSH 4.3

Another possible cause may be the SSH (Sftp) server. Please send us the name and version of your SSH server. Also, we would appreciate if you can answer the following questions for us.

1. Does this problem occur on specific directories or files?
2. Try again after restarting the SSH server.
3. Do other Xftp users in your VPN experiencing the same problem?

Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Support
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:26 AM - Stuart

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: xftp and openvpn


The differences I see is the revision of OpenVPN, I am using 2.0 and also that I am assigning static IP addresses to be clients. The server subnet is and the static client subnet is

I just tried restarting sshd and this did not resolve anything. The SSH software installed on the server is:


[root ~]# cat /etc/issue
Mandrakelinux release 10.2 (Limited Edition 2005) for i586
Kernel 2.6.11-6mdk-i686-up-4GB on an i686 / \l

I will try upgrading my version of OpenVPN to see if that resolves anything.

Thanks for your continued efforts; your software is great!