Filezilla FTP Program problem. Please Help.

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Hello warriors,

I hope this is the correct place to ask a technical question. I am having a problem opening and editing php files in Filezilla. It seems that I can open and edit a php file right from my desktop but within the Filezilla FTP software I cant open it at all. I keep getting this message and was hoping if any of you all could tell me what it means and how to fix it. thanks

The associated program (WX_DDE#"C:\Program Files\Adobe Dreamweaver
CS4\Dreamweaver.exe","C:\Users\littleman\Desktop\V erticalLaptoppurses.net\
WordpressFiles\wp-config.php"##System#) could not be found.
Please check your filetype associations.
#filezilla #ftp #problem #program
  • Profile picture of the author Vijay M
    filezilla is a file transfer program. It helps you to move your files from your local machine to a server or the other way around.It is/was not meant to be used as an editor.
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    • Profile picture of the author LuisEAvila
      Originally Posted by Vijay M View Post

      filezilla is a file transfer program. It helps you to move your files from your local machine to a server or the other way around.It is/was not meant to be used as an editor.

      Not to sound mean, but , Duh! Ofcourse its a file transfer program. However, you can right click on a file and edit it. It can open it on notepad or any other text editor that you have on your computer. however, since I upgraded to Windows 7 and now have dreamweaver, for some reason it's not letting me open the files on my text editor.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tygrupe
        Your issue is definitely with dreamweaver. I have the same setup and once dreamweaver was installed it pulls up the same message. I just pull the file to my computer out of filezilla and then pull it back. A little bit more of a hassle but better than getting rid of dreamweaver for me. It's amazing how you can get used to things that suck.
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        • Profile picture of the author LuisEAvila
          Originally Posted by Tygrupe View Post

          Your issue is definitely with dreamweaver. I have the same setup and once dreamweaver was installed it pulls up the same message. I just pull the file to my computer out of filezilla and then pull it back. A little bit more of a hassle but better than getting rid of dreamweaver for me. It's amazing how you can get used to things that suck.

          Yeah, I guess i'll have to settle. It's not that bad I suppose. And your right, better than getting rid of dreamweaver. Oh well, unless there's a solution I'll just have to pull the files into my computer. Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author mattalways
        Originally Posted by wicho696 View Post

        Not to sound mean, but , Duh! Ofcourse its a file transfer program. However, you can right click on a file and edit it. It can open it on notepad or any other text editor that you have on your computer. however, since I upgraded to Windows 7 and now have dreamweaver, for some reason it's not letting me open the files on my text editor.
        haha yah I was going to say about the same....

        You aren't editing the PHP files, you're just opening them with Filezilla. Is it something in the settings that you need to change for what program you want to open PHP files with?
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        • Profile picture of the author LuisEAvila
          Originally Posted by mattalways View Post

          haha yah I was going to say about the same....

          You aren't editing the PHP files, you're just opening them with Filezilla. Is it something in the settings that you need to change for what program you want to open PHP files with?
          I just want don't want to go through the hassle of uploading my website php files to my computer in order to change them. Before I had dreamweaver i was able to right click on a file right from Filezilla FTP and use my text editor to open it. However now for some reason I can't open a php file from Filezilla, now i have to upload it to my computer then edit it right from my desktop.
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          • Profile picture of the author mattalways
            Originally Posted by wicho696 View Post

            I just want don't want to go through the hassle of uploading my website php files to my computer in order to change them. Before I had dreamweaver i was able to right click on a file right from Filezilla FTP and use my text editor to open it. However now for some reason I can't open a php file from Filezilla, now i have to upload it to my computer then edit it right from my desktop.
            What I'm saying is, are you sure there is not an option within Filezilla where you can choose which program opens which files? I had a similar issue when a client insisted I use dreamweaver for something (it's a piece of crap. How do you people work with this? lol). I also had the same problem when I first installed Filezilla on a new computer. It didn't have a program set to open that type of file.

            I found later that I was unable to directly open PHP, HTML files from Filezilla. I just looked in the settings and something had been changed to make dreamweaver the default program to use. I switched it back to Notepad and have been good since.

            Have you checked these settings out?
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  • Profile picture of the author bizfox
    Try re-associating .php files with a different editor.

    it seems that dreamweaver is missing or it can't find it in the specified directory.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smigroup
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a newbie in all of this stuff. I'm looking for some help activating Filezilla to my server and don't have a clue. I bought a software name it Link Generator and need to be download through FZ.

    Also if some of you are fluency in Spanish i preferred or have patience to showing me. I'm willing to paid for help me out run Link generator in my computer.

    Many thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Windows Explorer > right click on a similar file type (e.g. a PHP file) > Open with... and set the default program for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mattalways
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Windows Explorer > right click on a similar file type (e.g. a PHP file) > Open with... and set the default program for it.
      Do they not use separate settings? Filezilla, and everything else can be set separate I'm pretty sure. Could be wrong though lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author IRichie
    Open My Computer > Tools menu > Folder options. In File Types tab you can do some settings regarding program selection to open a file.

    BTW, why you want to open it in FZ?
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    • Profile picture of the author mattalways
      Originally Posted by IRichie View Post

      Open My Computer > Tools menu > Folder options. In File Types tab you can do some settings regarding program selection to open a file.

      BTW, why you want to open it in FZ?
      Why wouldn't you want to open it in FZ? Who has time to download files, and then find them on their computer to open them/edit them?

      Filezilla is great because you can open your files from local, or from your server and make your changes. Once you're done, you just click save and re-upload to your server through FZ. If you opened right from server, just click save and you upload it by clicking back on FZ.

      I don't think you have even used it lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
      In Filezilla:

      Edit -> Settings
      Under 'Transfer' click 'File types'

      Check that php is in the list on the right. If not, add it.

      Then, Click on 'File editing' (on the left) and type the path to your text editor into the text box on the right. I use TextPad to edit files, so the path on mine reads: "C:\Program Files\TextPad 5\TextPad.exe" (including the quotes)

      That should do it.

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      • Profile picture of the author kimerazzz
        Hello, I just had this problem and I was looking and looking, finally I have it fixed, I think there is a problem with filezilla using the system file associations, but well just go, edit>settings, make sure that file types has the extensions you need, then go to file editing and choose do not use default editor, "use type file associations if available" should be checked, then go to file type associations and make sure inherit system's file associations is unchecked, then just click ok.

        Next time you try to open/edit a file, filezilla will ask you what programa you want to use in the future, you just pick the one you need and that is all, this command will be stored inside the "file associations option inside settings, you can always check them and change them manually if you prefer, good luck!
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  • filezilla is not an editor at all. even though you are clicking on the file in filezilla and it opens it is still being downloaded to your computer and being opened in a temporary folder by whatever program you have that file type associated with. when you finish making your edits, you save it and then upload it back and the temp folder is deleted or whatever.

    now, I would suggest that you NEVER use things like DW to open/edit php files.
    DW puts a BOM ( among other things ) into every file that you open with it.
    that BOM will be the first thing in the file and in many php based scripts ( like phpbb for instance) php files must have <?php as the very first thing or you will get errors in your script.

    even notepad will do this. a good text editor is needed to edit php files.

    DW is a web page/site creator/maintainer, it is not a text editor.

    so, after that rant...

    in filezilla, you choose what file types you want to associate with what programs etc.
    or, you can choose to use your windows association as default.

    most ftp programs are like this. some do have a built in text editor but it still amounts to the same process.

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  • Profile picture of the author weblink29
    This is not a fix....but a workaround. If you open notepad you can drag the file from filezilla directly into the open notepad and drop it into notepad. From that point forward you can edit it and save it from within notepad.

    This works with most folders and programs within windows. I just tested it with filezilla and it works.
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    • Originally Posted by weblink29 View Post

      This is not a fix....but a workaround. If you open notepad you can drag the file from filezilla directly into the open notepad and drop it into notepad. From that point forward you can edit it and save it from within notepad.

      This works with most folders and programs within windows. I just tested it with filezilla and it works.
      yep, that would work, but it not necessary. spend a couple of minutes to set filezilla to open notepad or wordpad or whatever you want and then just doubleclick on the file to open/edit it . remember to set filezilla to do NOTHING when you doubleclick. otherwise, a double click will transfer the file instead of opening it etc.

      or, you could just right click on the file and choose edit/open etc.

      you can do the same thing with any file type.
      html...set FZ to use notepad to edit, or DW or whatever.
      php... set FZ to only use a good text /php editor
      txt....
      cfg...
      tpl...
      etc. etc.


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