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FTP: Command-Line Operation

Both Windows95 and WindowsNT4 install as part of TCP/IP a command-line utility FTP, for information of the command switches and the FTP-commands, have a look at the Windows95 Resource-Kit:


Lets use FTP to download some file from "McAfee":

First, I made a 'ping' to
see, that the server
"ftp.mcafee.com" is
up and responding.
Then, start up :
FTP <ip-address> or
FTP <servername>

Login as "ftp" with the
e-mail address as
password.
To get a listing of
files/directories,
type :
ls
Download are usually
stored under 'PUB',so
we change to the
directory 'PUB' with
cd pub and make again
a listing with ls
Since we search for
a Virus-scan update, we
make a cd antivirus and
make again a listing
with ls, then we change
( cd win95 ) to the
Win95 directory and
make again the listing
with ls.
We finally located the
file to download.
We switch to binary
file-transfer mode and
copy ( get ) the file to
the local disk, then we
exit ( quit ) ftp.

Easy (once you know the command), but not very easy to read with all the additional FTP-status-messages.
But for just downloading file, there is a very nice and efficient solution:

FTP : Internet Browsers

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