FTPClient.listFiles is not returning time in seconds

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private static void getFTPFileProperties(FTPClient client,
            String ftpLocation, String pattern) throws IOException {
    FTPFile[] fileList=null;
    fileList = client.listFiles();
    for(int i=0;i<fileList.length;i++)
        FTPFile file= fileList[0];
        Calendar cal = file.getTimestamp();
        DateFormat dateFormater = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");

I have written the above function to retrieve the file details. But somehow I am retrieving the details without seconds part of the file. I am retrieving the lastModifiedDate as 2013-08-08 00:00:00 where as its actual lastModifiedDate is 2013-08-08 12:53:27 PM


The FTPClient.listFiles uses the ancient LIST command. With the command, it’s quite common that the FTP server returns a listing similar to that of the Unix ls command. It displays timestamps with a day precision only, for old files (older than a year).

Nowadays, you should always use the FTPClient.mlistDir, which uses the modern MLSD command that always retrieves timestamps with second precision.

public FTPFile[] mlistDir() throws IOException

Of course, unless you connect to an ancient FTP server, that does not support the MLSD command.

Note that the mlistDir is supported since Apache Commons Net 3.0.

Source: stackoverflow