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Using WinSCP to Determine Time on the Remote Server

I use WinSCP to manage my files on my web hosting service account. Some times I need to know the current time on the remote server; after all, it could be in another time zone. And I might want to know when my next cron job is going to start.

One way to determine the time on the remote server is to create a new text file on the remote server with WinSCP, add a few random characters, and then save it. Once the file is saved, you can see the time that the file is saved and it is the current server time. When you are done, you can delete the text file.

This trick is particularly handy if you have FTP access to your remote account, but do not have SSH/Telnet access to it.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:31:53 +0000

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