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Old 07-22-2002
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I am trying to write and automate a ftp job that connects to a IBM mainframe and pulls the same files everyday.

To do this I assumen I create a .netrc file in my solaris home directory, then I write a shell script. How do I envoke ftp from a ksh script and pass it the info in .netrc?

I have tried several examples listed on this site, but they all terminate in errors.

One problem is the the mainframe files are in the format ''
and when I put \'\' in the script I get a SCCS error.

Any idea on how to simply get 5 files every day, filenames that never change?

# 2  
Old 07-22-2002
Hammer & Screwdriver


ftp -v -n "ibm mainframe ip address"
user "user" "passwd"
cd /mainframe directory
lcd /my local_unix directory

mget will get a bunch of files .

Do a man mget for more information
# 3  
Old 07-22-2002
I'm not sure what you mean when you write

files are in the format ''
Your script should not care about the format of the file. You should put in the type (ascii or bin). If the file is ebcdic, you may have to change it before or after doing the ftp.

Can you post your script?

If not, this link may help - Look for Question 8
# 4  
Old 07-22-2002
I am not sure what you've done already but
this is how you can do it in a ksh script,
variable names are arbitrary:

if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
# Create a .netrc file
echo "machine $IBMNODE" > $HOME/.netrc
chmod 600 $HOME/.netrc
echo "login $USERID password $PSWD">> $HOME/.netrc
echo "macdef init" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "prompt" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "lcd $HOME/mylocaldir/" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "bin" >> $HOME/.netrc #if need
echo "get" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "get" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "get 111.333.222.33" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "get 111.444.222.33" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "get 111.555.222.33" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "quit" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "\n" >> $HOME/.netrc
echo "`date +%T` N"\
"Successfully set up the .netrc" >> $MYLOG
echo "`date +%T` N"\
"FTPing to remote host..." >> $MYLOG
ftp -v $IBMNODE >| $TEMPFTPLOG 2>&1&&
# check status of ftp execution...
if [[....etc]]
s/t support
... ftp -v is verbose. As long as you are ftping to $IBMNODE (.netrc value matches the ftp command), it will be automatic.

... hope this makes sense.

# 5  
Old 07-23-2002
Automatic ftp job


Thanks for the script. I assume that if I have already created a .netrc file and set it to 600 that I do not need the first four lines.

When I modifiy the file with the actual names of the mainframe files, and run your script, the I get the error:

"error line 21 '|' unexpected"
so I modified the line 21 from:
ftp -v $IBMNODE >| $TEMPFTPLOG 2>&1&&
ftp -v $IBMNODE > $TEMPFTPLOG 2>&1&&

and I remove the lines from: #check status of ftp execution...

to the end of the script, I get another error "end of file unexpected"

# 6  
Old 07-23-2002

When I run your script, It gets me logged onto the mainframe, but does not execute the four lines of the script until after I manually quit from ftp.

# 7  
Old 07-23-2002

I guess the best way to put it is that the format of the file is text format, but the file discriptor (name of the file) begins and ends with a single quote, and has decimials in the name.

So I assume that when I get the file I have to use the ecape charator, unlike I would manually to get a file with a quote in it:

manualy I would type get '111.222.333.444.555'
but in a script I would type: get \'111.222.333.444.555\'

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