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Mac OS X: “fzsftp could not be started” when connecting over SFTP

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/02

A while ago I had a “fzsftp could not be started” error using FileZilla on Mac OS X.

From the search results, it wasn’t exactly clear what I did wrong, as the “Show Package Contents” context menu showed “…/Contents/MacOS/fzsftp”

Then I remembered I got a bit confused with all the FileZilla updates coming out and renaming it to contain a version number (I do that with many applications so I can keep old versions allowing me to quickly revert to an older version if there are version compatibilities).

Renaming FileZilla.3.16.x.app back to FileZilla.app solved the issue: apparently FileZilla has a hardcoded dependency on exactly that name. I got there because of the hint about spaces in directories from this thread: fzsftp could not be started – FileZilla Forums

This was before Mac OS X El Capitan; with that version you have to set permissions correctly as well: fzsftp could not be started – Kruyswijk-ICT BV

–jeroen

 

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