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Active FTP Connection and OpenWrite gives NullReferenceException

May 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM
Hi All,

I have an FTP Host.

I am connecting to it with the following
_client = new FtpClient();
                _client.Host = Host;
                _client.Port = Port;
                _client.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(Username, Password);
                _client.DataConnectionType = FtpDataConnectionType.AutoActive;
This connects fine.

I am then attempting to upload a file using this code
 Stream ostream = _client.OpenWrite(filename, FtpDataType.Binary);

                if (ostream != null)
                    const int buffer = 2048;
                    byte[] contentRead = new byte[buffer];
                    int bytesRead;
                    using (FileStream fs = new FileInfo(sourceFile).OpenRead())
                            bytesRead = fs.Read(contentRead, 0, buffer);
                            ostream.Write(contentRead, 0, bytesRead);
                        } while (!(bytesRead < buffer));
                    throw new Exception();
I have tried OpenWrite with Binary and ASCII and they both produce a NullReferenceException

Herre is full stacktrace:
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
   at System.Net.FtpClient.FtpClient.OpenActiveDataStream(FtpDataConnectionType type, String command, Int64 restart) in <sniped>System.Net.FtpClient.1.0.4863.16216\source\FtpClient.cs:line 988
   at System.Net.FtpClient.FtpClient.OpenDataStream(String command, Int64 restart) in <sniped>System.Net.FtpClient.1.0.4863.16216\source\FtpClient.cs:line 1082
   at System.Net.FtpClient.FtpClient.OpenWrite(String path, FtpDataType type) in <sniped>System.Net.FtpClient.1.0.4863.16216\source\FtpClient.cs:line 1318
   at FtpSyncroniser.FtpManager.FtpHost.UploadFile(String sourceFile, String file) in <snipped>FtpSyncroniser\FtpManager\FtpHost.cs:line 76
Line 76 in FtpHost.cs (my .cs file) is the _client.OpenWrite() call;

Can anyone advise what I'm doing wrong?

I've uploaded a file via FileZilla and using Binary transfer type and ACTIVE connection the file uploads.

May 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Can you set a break point on line 988 and see which part of the if condition is null?
May 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM
What I can see is that m_stream is the null object when the exception gets thrown.

I noticed that there are Debug logs being written and I noticed that this gets logged when m_stream is null
250 CWD command successful.
200 Type set to I.
SIZE Filename.ext
550 The system cannot find the file specified. 
EPRT |1||16019|
501 Server cannot accept argument.
221 Goodbye.
(Note: I am checking if Filename.ext exists before I attempt to upload)
May 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM
I've added a check that should avoid the null reference exception, question now is why is it closing the connection after a failed EPRT call when you're using AutoActive. Try out the latest source revision and let me know where things stand for you.
May 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Bug should be fixed in the latest revision. When EPRT fails it should fall back to PORT as described by the AutoActive XML documentation. Don't have a way to test it off hand so please let me know the results.
May 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM
Can confirm it's fixed. Works perfectly now thank you!

Here is the console output
250 CWD command successful.
200 Type set to I.
SIZE Global.asax
550 The system cannot find the file specified. 
EPRT |1||21170|
501 Server cannot accept argument.
PORT 192,168,0,254,82,179
200 PORT command successful.
STOR Global.asax
125 Data connection already open; Transfer starting.
226 Transfer complete.
Thanks again!
May 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM
Not a problem