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simpleftp - rudimentary ftp client
simpleftp ftp://... [ ... ]
simpleftp is a perl script that provides basic support for fetching files with FTP in a
batch oriented fashion. It takes one or more ftp URLS on the command line. The file(s)
will be retrieved from the remote server and placed in the current directory with the same
basename as on the remote; i.e., ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/active.gz is stored
as active.gz in the current directory.
simpleftp is an extremely poor substitute for more complete programs like the freely
available wget or ncftp utilities. It was written only to provide elementary support in
INN for non-interactive fetching of the files in ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/
without requiring administrators to install yet another package. Its shortcomings as a
general purpose program are too numerous to mention, but one that stands out is that sim-
pleftp does not understand the complete syntax of URLs, only the hostname and pathname
parts -- it will not understand username, password, port or parameter strings.
Tossed off by David C Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews.
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