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SIMPLEFTP(1)									     SIMPLEFTP(1)

       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 <tale@isc.org> for InterNetNews.


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