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Old 10-22-2009
execute ftp script until it succeeds

I have a ftp script that occasionally fails (connection lost error). I would like to execute the ftp command until it succeeds. Would the script below work?

while [ $? <> 0 ]
    ftp -i -n <<EOF >> $LOG
    open $FTP_HOST
    put filename.csv

# 2  
Old 10-22-2009
No matter what happens inside the ftp itself, it will most probably return a RC of 0. So you'll might want to check for the 3-digit ftp codes the client shows when entering ftp commands. I guess there is some -v (verbose) option that turns it on.
With that (there is a missing "done" at the end btw.) you will most probably have an infinity loop.

Also if possible I recommend setting up ssh and the use of scp instead. It is encrypted and when keys are exchanged there will be no need to supply passwords etc.
# 3  
Old 10-22-2009
Oops, I forgot the "done" command

So are you saying that a "while" statement like this will result in an loop?
# 4  
Old 10-22-2009
Correct, that is one of the points I mentioned.

Check it out yourself, add some ftp commands that will fail like a put for a file that does not exist and then print out the $? of your ftp. Most probably it will be still 0.
# 5  
Old 10-22-2009
That's too bad then. I'll have to go back to the drawing board. Thank you for responding
# 6  
Old 10-22-2009
var="Not connected."
while [ "$var" = "Not connected." ]
var=$(ftp -i -n <<EOF
open "$FTP_HOST"
quote user "$FTP_HOST" 
quote pass "$FTP_PASSWD"
var=$(echo "$var" | awk 'NR==1{print $1,$2}')

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