simpleftp



SIMPLEFTP(1)              InterNetNews Documentation              SIMPLEFTP(1)




NAME

       simpleftp - Rudimentary FTP client


SYNOPSIS

       simpleftp url [...]


DESCRIPTION

       simpleftp is a Perl script script that provides basic support for
       fetching files with FTP in a batch oriented fashion.  It takes one or
       more FTP URLS on the command line.  The file(s) will be retrieved from
       the remote server and placed in the current directory with the same
       basename as on the remote; e.g., "ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CON-
       FIG/active.gz" is stored as active.gz in the current directory.


BUGS

       simpleftp is an extremely poor substitute for more complete programs
       like the freely available wget or ncftp utilities.  It was written only
       to provide elementary support in INN for non-interactive fetching of
       the files in <ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/> without requiring
       administrators to install yet another package.  Its shortcomings as a
       general purpose program are too numerous to mention, but one that
       stands out is that simpleftp does not understand the complete syntax of
       URLs, only the hostname and pathname parts -- it will not understand
       username, password, port or parameter strings.

       The Perl libraries that it uses have the advantage of coming with Perl,
       even older versions of Perl, but are not "-w" safe and do not work
       nearly as well as Net::FTP.


HISTORY

       Tossed off by David C Lawrence <tale@isc.org> for InterNetNews.

       $Id: simpleftp.1,v 1.3 2003/04/03 00:54:02 rra Exp $


SEE ALSO

       actsync(8)



INN 2.4.0                         2003-04-02                      SIMPLEFTP(1)

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