File Transfer Protocol Client Receives Access Violation Error Message When It Sends ACCT Parameter to Server

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When you try to send the ACCT account parameter, your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client may receive an access violation error message.
This problem can occur after you perform the following steps:
  1. At a command prompt, type ftp -n FTP server name, and then press ENTER.
  2. At the ftp prompt, type user user name password account, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: The ACCT command is rarely used and few FTP servers support its use.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000.

This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

RFC 959 - October 1985
File Transfer Protocol


The argument field is a Telnet string identifying the user's account. The command is not necessarily related to the USER command, as some sites may require an account for login and others only for specific access, such as storing files. In the latter case the command may arrive at any time.

There are reply codes to differentiate these cases for the automation: when account information is required for login, the response to a successful PASSword command is reply code 332. On the other hand, if account information is NOT required for login, the reply to a successful PASSword command is 230; and if the account information is needed for a command issued later in the dialogue, the server should return a 332 or 532 reply depending on whether it stores (pending receipt of the ACCounT command) or discards the command, respectively.

Article ID: 262423 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 20:19:52 - Revision: 3.2

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition

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