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Unicode / Non-Unicode SAPFTP

Sometimes we have an unexpected behavior during SAPFTP transfer.

Our system is Unicode and everything in SAP Kernel is Unicode too.

For example:

   A successful file will look like this:


   An invalid file will look like this:

* $ L 1 $ T 1 3 $ S T L 1 3 0 6 9 2 $ U 0 1 k

Transfer is successful, but the final result is not what we want.

To solve this problem:

  • Make sure SAPFTP version is Unicode. For that, run the command bellow.

C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP\FrontEnd\SAPgui>SAPftp.exe -V

SAPFTP Non-Unicode

@(#) $Id: //bas/720_REL/src/krn/ftp/ftpmain.c#7 $ SAP

@(#) $Id: //bas/720_REL/src/krn/ftp/ftp.c#2 $ SAP

@(#) $Id: //bas/720_REL/src/krn/ftp/ftpcmd.c#3 $ SAP

Here I give the example of my SAPFTP.exe in SAP Gui Installation. But the same command can be executed in Server Operating System level.

  • Make sure the SAPFTP version, by the above command, and SAPFTP / SAPFTPA RFCs are Unicode too.

Go to SM59 -> TCP/IP connections -> SAPFTP -> Unicode tab -> “Communication Type with Target System”

Check if it’s set to [x] Unicode or [x] Non-Unicode.

In case SAPftp.exe -V result in Unicode, change “Communication Type with Target System” to [x] Unicode.

In case SAPftp.exe -V result in Non-Unicode, change “Communication Type with Target System” to [x] Non-Unicode.

See more information about SAPFTP on note:

93042 – Problems with SAPFTP

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