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# 8  
Old 06-11-2002
For the first time I would suggest creating a tar file of the original, ftp it over and create the same directory structure using the tar file.
# 9  
Old 06-12-2002
This could be one of the solution for estimating accurately as to whether a file has been successfully transfered or not via a ftp session, as requested by "psingh".

Following is the script that can do so :

Create and store following details in a separate file
vi ftpdata
Enter the following details
o "Address"
user "username" "password"
get file1
Save and quit from the file

Now in a separate shell script file write the following command:
ftp -v < ftpdata > ftpdata.out 2> ftpdata.out
Now check for the following string in the ftpdata.out file by the grep command:
"Transfer Complete" or "Tansfer Successful"
Presence of it would hence mean that the transfer was success else was a complete failure.

Now using this technique one can easily design in new of transfering multiple files via ftp session and know accurately whether the file was successfully transfered or not.
# 10  
Old 06-12-2002
Question hi abt Automated FTP

thanks for your reply..yes what i understand from what you have suggested is that take a tar of the complete directory structure on a tape. then extract that tape on the other host manually and then start FTPing the complete directory structures..

I tried the same above and now i can FTP all the files with sub-direcotories..
however what i feel is that FTP cannot itself create sub-direcoties while that rite ?

thanx and regards
# 11  
Old 06-24-2002
You can also automate this using the batch file(bat) in DOS. Even that works nicely. I used it for my work.

# 12  
Old 07-11-2002

In Unix if u r looking for a completely automated ftping process, i feel its not possible , not possible simply because the ftp process does not return a valid exit status, an exit can occur due to many reasons and if u r to monitor whats happening then u cannot call it an automated ftp session. The only way out that i found especially when ur ftping takes place for hours,was to use another software called ncftp,which worked wonderful for me.

These r the status codes returned from 0- 12
Could not connect to remote host.
Could not connect to remote host - timed out.
Transfer failed.
Transfer failed - timed out.
Directory change failed.
Directory change failed - timed out.
Malformed URL.
Usage error.
Error in login configuration file.
Library initialization failed.
Session initialization failed.

which the normal ftp application does not.

This will solve the problem

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