How to Set Up Directory Annotation for Internet Server FTP

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This article describes how to add directory descriptions to inform FTP users of the contents of directories on the server.

To annotate files, do the following:

  1. Create a file called ~ftpsvc~.ckm in thedirectory where you want to annotate with the information to be displayed to the user.
  2. In Windows NT File Manager, select the file and make it a hiddenfile so that directory listings do not display this file.
NOTE: This only works with the command line FTP on one line. If you areusing Microsoft Internet Explorer for FTP, and using directory annotation,Internet Explorer will give you the following error message:
Internet explorer could not open site address
Netscape browser does not give an error; however, it still does not work.This is a client or browser problem.
Directory annotation can be toggled by FTP users on a user-by-user basiswith a built-in, site-specific command called ckm. This varies dependingonthe FTP client used. For a Microsoft FTP client, the command "literal SITECKM" toggles annotations for the FTP client on or off.

To change the FTP Server service configuration in the registry, do the following:

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. From the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree, go to the following key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\msftpsvc\Parameters
  3. Add the entry: AnnotateDirectories Data type = REG_DWORD Range = 0 or 1 (default = 0) 0, false - directory annotation is off 1, true - directory annotation is on The value, AnnotateDirectories, does not appear by default in the registry, so you must add an entry if you want to change its default value.
  4. Set this value is 1 to enable directory annotation.
  5. Choose OK and quit Registry Editor.
  6. Shut down and restart Windows NT.

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