if you just want to check for the existence of the server
a ping command is sufficient,
if you want to have extended info on the server you should connect to it 
using standard ftp 
opening a socket and...


At 01:19 21/08/01, you wrote:
>At 03:03 PM 8/20/01 -0700, CC Zona wrote:
>>To test for a valid http address, I open a socket, pass a HEAD or GET
>>request, and look for a status code in the response headers.  What should I
>>send to an FTP server to do a similar test?
>Why not just try and connect to it?
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