blank.gif (43 bytes)

Church Of The
Swimming Elephant


Unix FTP Quick Reference
About Unix FTP
Ftp (file transfer protocol) is a program that lets you copy files 
between two computers. Both computers need to be connected to the 
Internet (or any network that ftp can use). Here is how to start ftp to 
UTÕs VAX system:
	$ ftp
	Connected to
	Name (uoft02:auser): myusername
	Password: [your-password-here]
Ftp requires your username and password in order to validate you to the 
remote system, but does not start a login session. Here are the basic ftp 
   put filename     Copy "filename" from your computer to the remote 
   get filename     Copy "filename" from the remote computer to your 
   cd pathname      Change the working directory on the remote computer 
                    to "pathname"
                    (ftp always starts at your home directory on the remote 
   lcd pathname     Change the working directory on your local machine to 
                    (ftp always starts at your home directory on the local 
   dir              List the contents of the remote directory.
   binary           Tells ftp to copy file(s) as is, without 
                    translation (used for programs, pictures, sounds, and 
                    other non-text data).
   ascii            Used for plain-text transfers, translating data as 
Help facilities
Help for ftp is available from by typing "man ftp". This displays the 
syntax and basic usage of ftp. At the --More-- prompt, press the Space bar 
to advance to the next screen, press Enter to advance one line, or press 
"q" to end the manual page display.
Online tutorials
Online tutorials may exist on your Unix system; Sun workstations offer 
info pages. See your local system administrator or local documentation 
for further information.
To exit ftp, type "quit" at the ftp> prompt. ftp ends and returns you to 
your local computer.
Related topics
See other Unix Quick Reference documents for information about other 


Protect yourself from cyberstalkers, identity thieves, and those who would snoop on you.
Stop spam from invading your inbox without losing the mail you want. We give you more control over your e-mail than any other service.
Block popups, ads, and malicious scripts while you surf the net through our anonymous proxies.
Participate in Usenet, host your web files, easily send anonymous messages, and more, much more.
All private, all encrypted, all secure, all in an easy to use service, and all for only $5.95 a month!

Service Details

Have you gone to church today?
All pages ©1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Church of the Swimming Elephant unless otherwise stated
Church of the Swimming Elephant©1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Packetderm, LLC.

Packetderm, LLC
210 Park Ave #308
Worcester, MA 01609