WinSCP 3.6,1 (Build 221)
Protocol: SFTP (V2)
Norton Commander UI
SSH Protocol version: 2
SSH implementation: Sun_SSH_1.0
Encryption algorithm: aes
Can change permissions: Yes
Can change owner/group: No/No
Can execute arbitrary command: No
Can create symlink/hardlink: No
Can lookup user groups: No
Native text (ASCII) mode transfers: No
The server does not support any SFTP extension.
When listing home directory (/home/maria) on remote computer, all symbolic links to directories are shown using Windows generic file icon (white background with Windows logo) and a small arrow in the bottom left corner like shortcuts in Windows. When double clicking such a link (.public in this case), WinSCP tries to download it and gives up with the following error message
Error code: 4
Error message from server: None (*)
Request code: 5
The log file says
Copying "/home/maria/.public" to local directory started.
Binary transfer mode selected.
Opening remote file.
Type: SSH_FXP_OPEN, Size: 36, Number: 95491
Type: SSH_FXP_HANDLE, Size: 13, Number: 95491
Type: SSH_FXP_READ, Size: 25, Number: 95749
Status/error code: 4, Message: 95749, Server: None, Language: *
1 skipped SSH_FXP_WRITE, SSH_FXP_READ, SSH_FXP_DATA and SSH_FXP_STATUS packets.
Type: SSH_FXP_CLOSE, Size: 13, Number: 96004
Type: SSH_FXP_STATUS, Size: 9, Number: 96004
Status/error code: 0
The link named .public points to /lysator/www/user-pages/maria and the directory /lysator is a link to /mp/lysator and /mp is and ordinary directory. The directory /mp/lysator/www is an ordinary directory, but /mp/lysator/www/user-pages is a link to /mp/user-pages. :)