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User Commands                                              ftp(1)

NAME

ftp - file transfer program

SYNOPSIS

ftp [ -dgintv ] [ -T timeout ] [ hostname ]

DESCRIPTION

The ftp command is the user interface to the Internet stan- dard File Transfer Protocol (FTP). ftp transfers files to and from a remote network site. The client host with which ftp is to communicate may be specified on the command line. If this is done, ftp immedi- ately attempts to establish a connection to an FTP server on that host; otherwise, ftp enters its command interpreter and awaits instructions from the user. When ftp is awaiting commands from the user, it displays the prompt ftp>.

OPTIONS

The following options may be specified at the command line, or to the command interpreter: -d Enables debugging. -g Disables filename "globbing." -i Turns off interactive prompting during multiple file transfers. -n Does not attempt "auto-login" upon initial connection. If auto-login is not disabled, ftp checks the .netrc file in the user's home directory for an entry describing an account on the remote machine. If no entry exists, ftp will prompt for the login name of the account on the remote machine (the default is the login name on the local machine), and, if necessary, prompts for a password and an account with which to login. -t Enables packet tracing (unimplemented). -T timeout Enables global connection timer, specified in seconds (decimal). The timer is reset when anything is sent to the server on the control connection, and disabled while the client is prompting for user input. On the data connection, timeouts rely on TCP and may only timeout on network outages between the client and server. It may not timeout, for instance, if the server is waiting for an NFS server. -v Shows all responses from the remote server, as well as SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 1 User Commands ftp(1) report on data transfer statistics. This is turned on by default if ftp is running interactively with its input coming from the user's terminal. The following commands can be specified to the command interpreter: ! [ command ] Runs command as a shell command on the local machine. If no command is given, invoke an interactive shell. $ macro-name [ args ]" 6 Execute the macro macro-name that was defined with the macdef command. Arguments are passed to the macro unglobbed. account [ passwd ]" 6 Supplies a supplemental password required by a remote system for access to resources once a login has been successfully completed. If no argument is included, the user will be prompted for an account password in a non-echoing input mode. append local-file [ remote-file ]" 6 Appends a local file to a file on the remote machine. If remote-file is not specified, the local file name is used, subject to alteration by any ntrans or nmap settings. File transfer uses the current settings for "representation type", "file structure", and "transfer mode". ascii Sets the "representation type" to "network ASCII". This is the default type. bell Sounds a bell after each file transfer command is com- pleted. binary Sets the "representation type" to "image". bye Terminates the FTP session with the remote server and exit ftp. An EOF will also terminate the session and exit. case Toggles remote computer file name case mapping during mget commands. When case is on (default is off), remote computer file names with all letters in upper case are written in the local directory with the letters mapped to lower case. cd remote-directory SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 2 User Commands ftp(1) Changes the working directory on the remote machine to remote-directory. cdup Changes the remote machine working directory to the parent of the current remote machine working direc- tory. close Terminates the FTP session with the remote server, and return to the command interpreter. Any defined macros are erased. cr Toggles <RETURN> stripping during "network ASCII" type file retrieval. Records are denoted by a <RETURN>/LINEFEED sequence during "network ASCII" type file transfer. When cr is on (the default), <RETURN> characters are stripped from this sequence to conform with the UNIX system single LINEFEED record delimiter. Records on non-UNIX-system remote hosts may contain single LINEFEED characters; when an "network ASCII" type transfer is made, these LINEFEED characters may be distinguished from a record delimiter only when cr is off. delete remote-file Deletes the file remote-file on the remote machine. debug Toggles debugging mode. When debugging is on, ftp prints each command sent to the remote machine, pre- ceded by the string ->. dir [ remote-directory ] [ local-file ] Prints a listing of the directory contents in the directory, remote-directory, and, optionally, placing the output in local-file. If no directory is speci- fied, the current working directory on the remote machine is used. If no local file is specified, or local-file is -, output is sent to the terminal. disconnect A synonym for close. form [ format-name ]" 6 Sets the carriage control format subtype of the "representation type" to format-name. The only valid format-name is non-print, which corresponds to the default "non-print" subtype. get remote-file [ local-file ]" 6 Retrieves the remote-file and store it on the local machine. If the local file name is not specified, it is given the same name it has on the remote machine, subject to SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 3 User Commands ftp(1) alteration by the current case, ntrans, and nmap set- tings. The current settings for "representation type", "file structure", and "transfer mode" are used while transferring the file. glob Toggles filename expansion, or "globbing", for mdelete, mget and mput. If globbing is turned off, filenames are taken literally. Globbing for mput is done as in sh(1). For mdelete and mget, each remote file name is expanded separately on the remote machine, and the lists are not merged. Expansion of a directory name is likely to be radi- cally different from expansion of the name of an ordi- nary file: the exact result depends on the remote operating system and FTP server, and can be previewed by doing mls remote-files -. mget and mput are not meant to transfer entire direc- tory subtrees of files. You can do this by transfer- ring a tar(1) archive of the subtree (using a "representation type" of "image" as set by the binary command). hash Toggles hash-sign (#) printing for each data block transferred. The size of a data block is 8192 bytes. help [ command ]" 6 Prints an informative message about the meaning of command. If no argument is given, ftp prints a list of the known commands. lcd [ directory ]" 6 Changes the working directory on the local machine. If no directory is specified, the user's home directory is used. ls[ remote-directory | -al ] [ local-file ]" 6 Prints an abbreviated listing of the contents of a directory on the remote machine. If remote-directory is left unspecified, the current working directory is used. The -a option lists all entries, including those that begin with a dot (.), which are normally not listed. The -l option lists files in long format, giving mode, number of links, owner, group, size in bytes, and time of last modification for each file. If the file is a special file, the size field instead contains the major and minor device numbers rather than a size. If the file is a symbolic link, the filename is printed SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 4 User Commands ftp(1) followed by "->" and the pathname of the referenced file. If no local file is specified, or if local-file is -, the output is sent to the terminal. macdef macro-name Defines a macro. Subsequent lines are stored as the macro macro-name; a null line (consecutive NEWLINE characters in a file or <RETURN> characters from the terminal) terminates macro input mode. There is a limit of 16 macros and 4096 total characters in all defined macros. Macros remain defined until a close command is executed. The macro processor interprets $ and \ as special characters. A $ followed by a number (or numbers) is replaced by the corresponding argument on the macro invocation command line. A $ followed by an i signals that macro processor that the executing macro is to be looped. On the first pass, $i is replaced by the first argument on the macro invocation command line; on the second pass, it is replaced by the second argument, and so on. A \ followed by any character is replaced by that character. Use the \ to prevent special treat- ment of the $. mdelete remote-files Deletes the remote-files on the remote machine. mdir remote-files local-file Like dir, except multiple remote files may be speci- fied. If interactive prompting is on, ftp will prompt the user to verify that the last argument is indeed the target local file for receiving mdir output. mget remote-files Expands the remote-files on the remote machine and do a get for each file name thus produced. See glob for details on the filename expansion. Resulting file names will then be processed according to case, ntrans, and nmap settings. Files are transferred into the local working directory, which can be changed with lcd directory; new local directories can be created with ! mkdir directory. mkdir directory-name Makes a directory on the remote machine. mls remote-files local-file Like ls(1), except multiple remote files may be speci- fied. If interactive prompting is on, ftp will prompt SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 5 User Commands ftp(1) the user to verify that the last argument is indeed the target local file for receiving mls output. mode [ mode-name ] Sets the "transfer mode" to mode-name. The only valid mode-name is stream, which corresponds to the default "stream" mode. This implementation only supports stream, and requires that it be specified. mput local-files Expands wild cards in the list of local files given as arguments and do a put for each file in the resulting list. See glob for details of filename expansion. Resulting file names will then be processed according to ntrans and nmap settings. nmap [ inpattern outpattern ] Sets or unsets the filename mapping mechanism. If no arguments are specified, the filename mapping mechan- ism is unset. If arguments are specified, remote filenames are mapped during mput commands and put com- mands issued without a specified remote target filename. If arguments are specified, local filenames are mapped during mget commands and get commands issued without a specified local target filename. This command is useful when connecting to a non-UNIX- system remote host with different file naming conven- tions or practices. The mapping follows the pattern set by inpattern and outpattern. inpattern is a tem- plate for incoming filenames (which may have already been processed according to the ntrans and case set- tings). Variable templating is accomplished by including the sequences $1, $2, ..., $9 in inpattern. Use \ to prevent this special treatment of the $ char- acter. All other characters are treated literally, and are used to determine the nmap inpattern variable values. For example, given inpattern $1.$2 and the remote file name mydata.data, $1 would have the value mydata, and $2 would have the value data. The outpattern determines the resulting mapped filename. The sequences $1, $2, ..., $9 are replaced by any value resulting from the inpattern template. The sequence $0 is replaced by the original filename. Additionally, the sequence [seq1,seq2] is replaced by seq1 if seq1 is not a null string; otherwise it is replaced by seq2. For example, the command nmap $1.$2.$3 SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 6 User Commands ftp(1) [$1,$2].[$2,file] would yield the output filename myfile.data for input filenames myfile.data and myfile.data.old, myfile.file for the input filename myfile, and myfile.myfile for the input filename .myfile. SPACE characters may be included in outpat- tern, as in the example nmap $1 | sed "s/ *$//" > $1. Use the \ character to prevent special treatment of the $, [, ], and ,, characters. ntrans [ inchars [ outchars ] ]" 6 Sets or unsets the filename charac- ter translation mechanism. If no arguments are speci- fied, the filename character translation mechanism is unset. If arguments are specified, characters in remote filenames are translated during mput commands and put commands issued without a specified remote target filename, and characters in local filenames are translated during mget commands and get commands issued without a specified local target filename. This command is useful when connecting to a non-UNIX- system remote host with different file naming conven- tions or practices. Characters in a filename matching a character in inchars are replaced with the corresponding character in outchars. If the character's position in inchars is longer than the length of outchars, the character is deleted from the file name. Only 16 characters can be translated when using the ntrans command under ftp. Use case (described above) if needing to convert the entire alphabet. open host [ port ]" 6 Establishes a connection to the specified host FTP server. An optional port number may be sup- plied, in which case, ftp will attempt to contact an FTP server at that port. If the auto-login option is on (default setting), ftp will also attempt to automatically log the user in to the FTP server. prompt Toggles interactive prompting. Interactive prompting occurs during multiple file transfers to allow the user to selectively retrieve or store files. By default, prompting is turned on. If prompting is turned off, any mget or mput will transfer all files, and any mdelete will delete all files. proxy ftp-command Executes an FTP command on a secondary control connec- tion. This command allows simultaneous connection to SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 7 User Commands ftp(1) two remote FTP servers for transferring files between the two servers. The first proxy command should be an open, to establish the secondary control connection. Enter the command proxy ? to see other FTP commands executable on the secondary connection. The following commands behave differently when pre- faced by proxy: open will not define new macros during the auto-login process, close will not erase existing macro definitions, get and mget transfer files from the host on the primary control connection to the host on the secondary control connection, and put, mputd, and append transfer files from the host on the secon- dary control connection to the host on the primary control connection. Third party file transfers depend upon support of the PASV command by the server on the secondary control connection. put local-file[ remote-file ] Stores a local file on the remote machine. If remote-file is left unspecified, the local file name is used after processing according to any ntrans or nmap settings in naming the remote file. File transfer uses the current settings for "representation type", "file structure", and "transfer mode". pwd Prints the name of the current working directory on the remote machine. quit A synonym for bye. quote arg1 arg2 ..." 6 Sends the arguments specified, verbatim, to the remote FTP server. A single FTP reply code is expected in return. (The remotehelp command displays a list of valid arguments.) quote should be used only by experienced users who are familiar with the FTP protocol. recv remote-file[ local-file] A synonym for get. remotehelp [ command-name ] Requests help from the remote FTP server. If a command-name is specified it is supplied to the server as well. rename from to Renames the file from on the remote machine to have SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 8 User Commands ftp(1) the name to. reset Clear reply queue. This command re-synchronizes command/reply sequencing with the remote FTP server. Resynchronization may be necessary following a viola- tion of the FTP protocol by the remote server. rmdir directory-name Deletes a directory on the remote machine. runique Toggles storing of files on the local system with unique filenames. If a file already exists with a name equal to the target local filename for a get or mget command, a .1 is appended to the name. If the result- ing name matches another existing file, a .2 is appended to the original name. If this process contin- ues up to .99, an error message is printed, and the transfer does not take place. The generated unique filename will be reported. runique will not affect local files generated from a shell command. The default value is off. send local-file [ remote-file ]" 6 A synonym for put. sendport Toggles the use of PORT commands. By default, ftp will attempt to use a PORT command when establishing a con- nection for each data transfer. The use of PORT com- mands can prevent delays when performing multiple file transfers. If the PORT command fails, ftp will use the default data port. When the use of PORT commands is disabled, no attempt will be made to use PORT commands for each data transfer. This is useful when connected to certain FTP implementations that ignore PORT com- mands but incorrectly indicate they have been accepted. status Show the current status of ftp. struct [ struct-name ] Sets the file structure to struct-name. The only valid struct-name is file, which corresponds to the default "file" structure. The implementation only supports file, and requires that it be specified. sunique Toggles storing of files on remote machine under unique file names. The remote FTP server must support the STOU command for successful completion. The remote SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 9 User Commands ftp(1) server will report the unique name. Default value is off. tenex Sets the "representation type" to that needed to talk to TENEX machines. trace Toggles packet tracing (unimplemented). type [ type-name ]" 6 Sets the "representation type" to type-name. The valid type-names are ascii for "network ASCII", binary or image for "image", and tenex for "local byte size" with a byte size of 8 (used to talk to TENEX machines). If no type is specified, the current type is printed. The default type is "network ASCII". user user-name [ password ] [ account ]" 6 Identify yourself to the remote FTP server. If the password is not specified and the server requires it, ftp will prompt the user for it (after disabling local echo). If an account field is not specified, and the FTP server requires it, the user will be prompted for it. If an account field is specified, an account command will be relayed to the remote server after the login sequence is com- pleted if the remote server did not require it for logging in. Unless ftp is invoked with "auto-login" disabled, this process is done automatically on ini- tial connection to the FTP server. verbose Toggles verbose mode. In verbose mode, all responses from the FTP server are displayed to the user. In addition, if verbose mode is on, when a file transfer completes, statistics regarding the efficiency of the transfer are reported. By default, verbose mode is on if ftp's commands are coming from a terminal, and off otherwise. ? [ command ]" 6 A synonym for help. Command arguments which have embedded spaces may be quoted with quote (") marks. If any command argument which is not indicated as being optional is not specified, ftp will prompt for that argu- ment.

ABORTING A FILE TRANSFER

To abort a file transfer, use the terminal interrupt key. Sending transfers will be immediately halted. Receiving SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 10 User Commands ftp(1) transfers will be halted by sending an FTP protocol ABOR command to the remote server, and discarding any further data received. The speed at which this is accomplished depends upon the remote server's support for ABOR process- ing. If the remote server does not support the ABOR command, an ftp> prompt will not appear until the remote server has completed sending the requested file. The terminal interrupt key sequence will be ignored when ftp has completed any local processing and is awaiting a reply from the remote server. A long delay in this mode may result from the ABOR processing described above, or from unexpected behavior by the remote server, including violations of the ftp protocol. If the delay results from unexpected remote server behavior, the local ftp program must be killed by hand.

FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS

Local files specified as arguments to ftp commands are pro- cessed according to the following rules. 1) If the file name - is specified, the standard input (for reading) or standard output (for writing) is used. 2) If the first character of the file name is |, the remainder of the argument is interpreted as a shell command. ftp then forks a shell, using popen(3C) with the argument supplied, and reads (writes) from the standard output (standard input) of that shell. If the shell command includes <SPACE> characters, the argument must be quoted; for example "| ls -lt". A particularly useful example of this mechanism is: "dir | more". 3) Failing the above checks, if globbing is enabled, local file names are expanded according to the rules used in the sh(1); see the glob command. If the ftp command expects a single local file (for example, put), only the first filename generated by the glob- bing operation is used. 4) For mget commands and get commands with unspecified local file names, the local filename is the remote filename, which may be altered by a case, ntrans, or nmap setting. The resulting filename may then be altered if runique is on. 5) For mput commands and put commands with unspecified remote file names, the remote filename is the local filename, which may be altered by a ntrans or nmap setting. The resulting filename may then be altered by SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 11 User Commands ftp(1) the remote server if sunique is on.

FILE TRANSFER PARAMETERS

The FTP specification specifies many parameters which may affect a file transfer. The "representation type" may be one of "network ASCII", "EBCDIC", "image", or "local byte size" with a specified byte size (for PDP-10's and PDP-20's mostly). The "network ASCII" and "EBCDIC" types have a further subtype which specifies whether vertical format control (NEWLINE charac- ters, form feeds, etc.) are to be passed through ("non- print"), provided in TELNET format ("TELNET format con- trols"), or provided in ASA (FORTRAN) ("carriage control (ASA)") format. ftp supports the "network ASCII" (subtype "non-print" only) and "image" types, plus "local byte size" with a byte size of 8 for communicating with TENEX machines. The "file structure" may be one of file (no record struc- ture), record, or page. ftp supports only the default value, which is file. The "transfer mode" may be one of stream, block, or compressed. ftp supports only the default value, which is stream.

USAGE

See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of ftp when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2 **31bytes). The ftp command is IPv6-enabled. See ip6(7P).

FILES

~/.netrc

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | CSI | enabled | |_____________________________|_____________________________|

SEE ALSO

ls(1), rcp(1), sh(1), tar(1), in.ftpd(1M), popen(3C), ftpusers(4), netrc(4), attributes(5), largefile(5), ip6(7P) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 12 User Commands ftp(1)

NOTES

Failure to log in may arise from an explicit denial by the remote FTP server because the account is listed in /etc/ftpusers. See in.ftpd(1M) and ftpusers(4). Correct execution of many commands depends upon proper behavior by the remote server. An error in the treatment of carriage returns in the 4.2 BSD code handling transfers with a "representation type" of "network ASCII" has been corrected. This correction may result in incorrect transfers of binary files to and from 4.2 BSD servers using a "representation type" of "network ASCII". Avoid this problem by using the "image" type. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 8 Dec 1999 13