Please ignore that luser question! I looked at the manpage which spells
out that ftp is meant to have the exact behaviour that was noticed:
i.e., from the ftp manpage:
ls [ remote-directory | -al ] [ local-file ]
Print an abbreviated listing of the contents of a
directory on the remote machine. If remote-
directory is left unspecified, the current working
directory is used.
The -a option lists all entries, including those
that begin with a dot (.), which are normally not
listed. The -l option lists files in long format,
giving mode, number of links, owner, group, size
in bytes, and time of last modification for each
file. If the file is a special file, the size
field instead contains the major and minor device
numbers rather than a size. If the file is a sym-
bolic link, the filename is printed followed by
"->" and the pathname of the referenced file.
If no local file is specified, or if local-file is
-, the output is sent to the terminal.
So, what I thought might have been a clobbering bug wasn't one at all...
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