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Old 11-13-2001
I don't have Shell access. Can I still tar the remote files?
# 9  
Old 11-13-2001

I don't think so. Anyone know if this is possible?
# 10  
Old 11-13-2001
No, you can't tar without access to a shell. However I may have found a solution to this problem.

If you use the ftp commands "ls" or "dir" you will see a listing of the files in the directory. The symbolic links are identifable because of the leading l in the permissions and due to the "->" notation. So just write a script to do the ftp. It will do an "ls" and inspect the output. If it's a file, the script will get it. If it's a symlink, the script will simply recreate it.
# 11  
Old 11-13-2001
To add to Perderabo's approach...

use the "ls -tr" command assuming that the
link was created after the actual file.
This way, the "ls" command woun't sort
by name; it will sort by modification time
(reversed) and hopfully you will not see the link
listed before the actual file is.
However, this is also not foolproof and you may
have to get more sophisicated and trace the inode
back to the "real" file.

It should make for an interesting excercise. Smilie
# 12  
Old 11-13-2001
Originally posted by rwb1959
It should make for an interesting excercise. Smilie
It did. Smilie

I have tested the first half of the script. You will need to alter the variables at the top. Also look at the the lines marked with a comment. Make sure that the top half is working before you try the bottom half. I didn't test the bottom half, but I think it should work....

#! /usr/bin/ksh


{ ftp -n <<-!x
        open $HOST
        user $USER $PASSWD
        cd $DIR
} | while read line ; do
        firstchar=$(echo "$line" |cut -c1)
        name=$(echo "$line" | cut -c55-)  #####  adjust the 55 
        case $firstchar in
        -)      echo $name is a real file
                if [[ -z $LIST ]] ; then
        l)      echo $name is a symlink
                one=${name%% *}
                two=${name##* }
                echo ln -s $one $two   ##### lose the echo

exit    ##### remove me when first half is working

#  Get the files  (untested)

print  open $HOST
print  user $USER $PASSWD
print  cd $DIR

for name in $LIST ; do
        print  get $name
print  bye ;  } | ftp -n

exit 0

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