This feature is new in the Software Express pilot program. This feature is included in the Solaris 10 3/05 release.
The Solaris software includes a change to the FTP client. By default, a Solaris FTP client, connected to a Solaris FTP server, lists directories as well as plain files when the ls command is issued. If the FTP server is not running in the Solaris operating system, directories may not be listed.
To allow for the default Solaris behavior when connecting to non-Solaris FTP servers, the /etc/default/ftp file can be edited on each Solaris client. To make the change for individual users, the FTP_LS_SENDS_NLST environment variable can be set.
For more information, see the ftp(4) man page.