The FTP specification dictates that users must give a username and a password when logging in to a server. If a server allows anonymous logins, clients usually log in with the username “anonymous” and a password corresponding to an email address. This preference lets you determine whether to use the default “email@example.com” as the password, or to send the contents of the preference network.ftp.anonymous_password.
Possible values and their effects
Send the value of network.ftp.anonymous_password as the password for anonymous logins.
Send “firstname.lastname@example.org” as the password for anonymous logins. (Default)
- This preference dates to at least 1999, though there was a brief period of time before 2001-09-10 when this preference didn’t function as it should have (see bug 57763).
- Prior to the fix for bug 101027, the default password was simply “mozilla@”, causing errors with some FTP servers that rejected it as an invalid email address. “example.com” was chosen as the domain for the default password because it’s reserved but valid.
A checkbox labeled “Send email address as anonymous FTP password” is located under “Edit → Preferences → Advanced”.
Originally, setting this preference to true would cause Mozilla to use the email address from the mail client portion of the application suite.
First checked in
Present since at least 1999-06-04. Exact checkin date unknown.
Has an effect in
- Netscape (all versions since 6.0)
- Mozilla Suite (all versions)
- Mozilla Phoenix (all versions)
- Mozilla Firebird (all versions)
- Mozilla Firefox (all versions)
- SeaMonkey (all versions)
- Bug 57763 - "send e-mail address as anonymous ftp passwd" doesn't work
- Bug 101027 - Prefs: improve ftp password when "advanced.mailftp"=false
- Bug 196286 - ftp URLs w/"anonymous" user should automatically use anonymous password
- Bug 266835 - Sends wrong FTP password for anonymous:userpasswd@server