This dialog box is used by the following operations: copy and move from/to the FTP server and change attributes and delete on the FTP server. All operations are running on background, so you can switch back to the main window of Altap Salamander and continue in work.

See the Remarks section below for better understanding of this dialog behaviour.


Time left
Displays how much time is left before the operation is finished. It estimates time only when the operation is running.
Elapsed time
Displays how much time elapsed since the operation started. It measures only time when the operation is running (it ignores time when it is stopped, paused, or waiting for user).
Displays status of the operation (e.g. how many bytes were already copied, what is the total trasfer rate, or how many files were deleted).
Shows the progress of the operation in percents. It is the ratio between finished part of operation and total size of operation. Finished part of operation is sum of successfully finished items (operations in the Operations listview), skipped items, and finished part of currently processed items.
Close this dialog when operation finishes
When checked, this dialog box is closed automatically when the operation is finished (all items are successfully finished or skipped). Otherwise you must close this dialog box manually. See also the Close operation dialog automatically when operation is successfully finished in untouched dialog option in Configuration/General.
Use this button to show operation details (the dialog box is enlarged). Click this button again to hide operation details.
Use this button to show errors which occured during operation. It shows operation details (the dialog box is enlarged) and filters items in the Operations listview only to items with error or user prompt and skipped items.
Click the Pause button to pause operations in all connections. When operations in all connections are paused, this button changes to the Resume button. Use it to resume operations in all connections.
Use this button to cancel operation (if running) and close this dialog box.
Connections: Solve Error, Add, Stop, Pause/Resume
Contains all connections used in this operation. It shows identification number of connection (ID column) and what is happening in the connection (Action and Status columns) for each connection. You can focus any connection in this listview and than click on buttons under this listview.

Use the Solve Error button (or double click) on the connection in error state to open the Error Connecting to FTP Server dialog box where you can try to solve this error.

Click the Add button to add new connection for the operation. You may use as many connections as you want but reasonable number of connections is five or less. You may try to add more connections but you will probably see that it will not shorten total operation time.

Click the Stop button to stop focused connection. If it processes some operation, this operation will be canceled and processed in some other connection later.

Click the Pause button to pause the operation in focused connection. If the connection with paused operation is focused, the Pause button will change to the Resume button. Use it to resume the operation in focused connection.

You can drag (using the left mouse button) the bottom edge of the Connections listview to change the ratio between heights of the Connections listview and the Operations listview. It is possible only if you enlarge this dialog to provide some space for these listviews.

If you need to see the FTP log for some connection, open the FTP Logs window and then focus connection in this listview, its log should be activated in the FTP Logs window (it assumes that Options/Always show log for active panel is checked in the FTP Logs window). To open the FTP Logs window, switch to the main window of Altap Salamander and choose the Show Logs command from the Plugins/FTP Client menu.

Operations: Show only errors, Solve Error, Retry, Skip
Contains all operations that must be finished to complete the entire operation. It shows operation description and status (see Remarks section for details on operation status). You can focus any operation in this listview and than click on buttons under this listview.

If the Show only errors check box is checked, items in the Operations listview are reduced only to items with error or user prompt and skipped items.

Use the Solve Error button (or double click) on the focused operation to open a dialog box where you can try to solve the error which has occured during processing of the focused operation, provide some user input needed for further processing of the focused operation, or retry the focused operation if it was skipped (automatically or by user). See the Solve Error dialog boxes for general description of these dialog boxes. See also the Open Solve Error dialogs for errors automatically if operation dialog is idle option in Configuration/General.

Click the Retry button to retry the focused operation (it will be processed again). It is possible only if the operation is not successfully finished nor postponed.

Click the Skip button to skip the focused operation (it will not be processed). It is possible only if the operation is waiting for processing or for some user input or if the operation was not finished due to some error.

You may also want to stop processing of some operation. It is not directly supported but you can use the following procedure. Pause all connections (click the Pause button), find the connection with the operation and stop it (focus it and click the Stop button). Focus the operation (it should be waiting for processing now) and click the Skip button. Then resume all connections (click the Resume button) and you can also add new connection (click the Add button).


All operations use the connection from panel at the start. It saves time needed for opening new connection and bypasses problem with opening next connection to the FTP server with limited number of allowed connections from one client (from one IP address). The connection is returned back to panel when operation finishes or when you try to stop this connection manually (see the Stop button above). If you switch back to the main window of Altap Salamander before the connection is returned and panel needs to use the connection (e.g. to refresh panel content), you will be prompted if you want to open new connection.

You can use more connections for any operation. It can save a lot of time especially when the operation copies many small files, changes attributes to many files and directories, or delete many files and directories. The reason is that while the connection is negotiating (it sends FTP command and then waits for server reply and then send next FTP command and again waits for reply, etc.), it cannot use the full bandwidth, so other connections can try to use the rest of bandwidth.

The plugin always tries to finish the largest possible part of the operation. For example: if you copy three files and the second file needs your attention because target file already exists, the third file is copied without waiting for anything. The second file is copied as soon as you answer the overwrite prompt. We recommend to set the default behaviour of file operations according to your needs to avoid unnecessary user prompts (e.g. overwrite prompt), see Configuration/Operations 1 and Configuration/Operations 2.

We try to explain how the operation is processed in all opened connections simultaneously. The plugin priority is to split the operation into basic operations with simple dependencies (the best is without any dependencies). For example, when copying directory, the plugin creates the target directory tree first because remaining operations are all of the same type: copying file to existing directory which is simple operation without any dependency (you can process any number of these operations simultaneously).

All operations are stored in the list which is displayed in the Operations listview. Operation status can be: "waiting" (it is waiting for processing), "postponed" (further processing is postponed until all dependent operations are successfully finished), "processing" (it is processing in some connection now), "finished" (it was successfully finished), "ask user" (some user input is needed before further processing), "error" (it was not finished because of some error), or "skipped" (it was skipped). Operations without dependencies are "waiting" when added to the list. Operations with dependencies are "postponed" and their status changes to "waiting" when all dependent operations are "finished" (e.g. "delete source directory" is dependent on all successful "move file" operations for files contained in the source directory). Each connection gets some "waiting" operation from the list, locks this operation by changing its status to "processing", and tries to process it. If some user input is needed during processing (e.g. overwrite prompt if target file already exists), the operation status is changed to "ask user" and the connection is free for processing next "waiting" operation. The same thing happens if the operation is processed successfully, if it is not processed due to some error, or if it is skipped. It just changes status of the operation to "finished", "error", or "skipped" and the connection is free for processing next "waiting" operation.

See Also

Solve Error dialog boxes