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# 1  
Old 05-03-2002
ftp problem

I use FTP in a shell script to transfer the files to a remote server.
Sometimes the program hangs without returning any errors
after the command

ftp server_name

How do you detect from within the shell that something is wrong?
How do you trap the errors returned by ftp command?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

# 2  
Old 05-03-2002
If it is hanging there it is usually a network issue (slow network, routes not there, too many hops...), a server issue (server is down or non-responsive). If you attempt to ping the server before doing the ftp to the server you may be able to stop it from hanging because of the problems listed. I just tried to ftp to a server I decommissioned and it took 5 minutes for it to come back to tell me that there is no route to host...but it's still trying!
# 3  
Old 05-03-2002
ftp problem

What you are suggesting is actually what I tried to do - use ping command. The result was:

no answer from server_name

Meanwhile the ftp worked this time around.
Any other suggestions?

# 4  
Old 05-03-2002
You can put a loop into your script (along with a timer if needed) to keep trying the ping - once it's successful, do the ftp session.
The timer is just in case you don't want it to keep going forever.
All you do is set up a counter and use the sleep command - your code will be different....

sleep 120
@ now = $now + 2
if ($now > 60) then
# send email stating it hit the timeout of one hour
keep checking...

I'm sure others will have different ideas.

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