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Old 01-28-2013
Ftp login commands


I am using ftp on command line. The problem is getting bumped off after 15 minutes of no activity.. I have two options: quit ftp and use the command history of my shell, or stay in ftp and use 'open' command, where I can use the command history saved in the ftp program. Either option apparently presents a difficulty for me, unless there is a command I can use that I am unaware of, as I would like to be able to just use my history, enter a single command, and get back to where I was before I was disconnected. So I am looking for an answer to one or both of these questions:

option 1)
If I quit ftp, is there a single startup command that will automatically cd me into a desired directory before I got bumped off? I can use "ftp" and at least not have to type in the cd command, which can be long. But is there an argument I can give that will cd me into the desired directory?

option 2 (preferred):
don't quit, but use the "open" command to re-establish the connection. Is there a way to do this where I don't have to re-type my username and password each time? Then I would always just be able to use my arrow keys and repeat my commands without having to do any typing.


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Old 01-28-2013
You could do all your ftp access with wget, so your activity is not persistent connection oriented. If you open a new connection for each activity and close it immediately, it never times out. An ftp URL can have id and password embedded. It's not a very tight security model.

There is sftp, ssh and scp, where your access can be set up using PublicPrivate keys. It is more secure. Again, there may be timeouts.

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