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Is there a tool that can scan an FTP directory and build a visual representation of disk usage? I'm running on Windows so that platform is my preference for this tool, but a *NIX tool would also be useful. I'm thinking along the lines of WinDirStat, KDirStat and TreeSize. At first I thought WinDirStat might be able to scan an FTP directory, but it was not so. FOSS is a plus, but not a requirement (I'm not against paying for good software).

I'd like to also have a simple report on how many of what types of files are present, largest files, etc. Much like the simple file type reporting in *DirStat.

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I've done this by using a third party utility to map an FTP site to a drive letter and then using my directory reporting tool to scan the mapped drive (I use FolderSizes 4). Here are two that I've used:

http://www.killprog.com/fdrve.html

http://www.divshare.com/download/2012951-371

Note: This is a Windows solution.

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You know, I was wondering if I could map an FTP address to a drive letter but wimped out and didn't Google it. =) Great idea! Let's see if anyone can recommend a purely FTP based tool to do this before I endow a green check mark. –  Wesley Apr 27 '10 at 20:05
    
I did search for and attempt a strictly FTP method of doing it but had no luck. –  joeqwerty Apr 27 '10 at 20:11
    
Do you mind editing your answer to explicitly say this is a Windows solution? Now we have two similar solutions: mine for Linux, yours for Windows. Saying that explicitly might help future readers. –  Denilson Sá Apr 28 '10 at 13:11
    
@Denilson I stated "I'm running on Windows so that platform is my preference for this tool, but a *NIX tool would also be useful." So... shouldn't that sum things up nicely? –  Wesley Apr 29 '10 at 1:35

Adding to the brilliant joeqwerty idea, you can use curlftpfs on Linux. It uses FUSE to mount a remote FTP directory into a local directory.

Then, you can just use a one-liner shell command...

du -skc * | sort -n

Or use graphical programs like xdiskusage or filelight or baobab.

If you have ssh access to the server, maybe installing philesight might be a nice idea (or using sshfs instead of curlftpfs).

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Brilliant... Thanks. –  joeqwerty Apr 27 '10 at 20:36
    
Great, I'll keep that in my bag of tricks. I hope you get a few extra +1's for all of your links. =) Thanks! –  Wesley Apr 27 '10 at 21:18

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