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TheLinuxGurus.org: FTP In One Easy Lesson

Jan 29, 2000, 18:19 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David Culp for this link. ]

"FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a method to allow the transferring of files from one system to another. When you use an ftp client you are are simply running a program that knows the ftp protocol and communicates with another program (called a server or ftpd). Most people are familiar with graphical FTP clients that let you click and drag files from one machine to another, we will not learn about GUI ftp clients, we will learn about running ftp from the command line."

"Why should you learn to use ftp from the command line? In todays age of Graphical User Interfaces why would you actually want or need to type commands into a terminal. There are actually many reasons why you should learn to use ftp, and many other programs, from the command line. I will outline a few situations where ftp from the command line makes more sense than firing up that GUI ftp client."

"Imagine, if you will, that you have just purchased a brand new, state of the art 3D graphics accelerator. You get it home, crack open your case, throw the video card in and fire up Linux. You then try to install the drivers, only to realize you do not have drivers, however you know where to get them, from an ftp site. If you do not know how to run ftp from the command line you will be forced to reboot and reopen the case ,install the old card and get the drivers. After that you must then install the new card, for the second time. If you know how to manage an ftp connection from the command line then all you have to do is fire up your ppp connection, grab and install the drivers and you are on your way."

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