After working with this for a few hours, a call to ibm aix support and
just plain trial and error messing around, it was determined that only
that specific user was having problems. That any other user was able
to connect to the ftp at that site instantaneously with no problems.
So, we looked at the differences between that user and all the others
and discovered that someone had set up a .netrc file which did not
include an entry for the site he was trying to connect to. And, after
more experiementation, it was discovered that we were actually able to
make a connection, if we waited long enogh, in this case about 3
So, if anyone has a plausible explanation to this behavior, I'd be
happy to hear it.
clark 'the dragon' willis