There was another thread about this. It persists. Using 'a' to qualify 'z' in PDIR gives misleading results. Code: v:\> pdir /(zc fpn) ftp://ilucky/??????? <DIR> ftp://ilucky/MAT122 0 ftp://ilucky/nobytes v:\> pdir /(zac fpn) ftp://ilucky/??????? <DIR> ftp://ilucky/MAT122 -2 ftp://ilucky/nobytes In both cases, the server responded with 0. And, the help says: "A question mark ? matches any single filename character" when in fact it seems to match 0 or 1 character (above, for example). If that's WAD, the help should say so.