FTP allows you to transfer files from one computer to another.
The application we are going to look at is to grab a
publicly accessible file and transfer it to your account. Transferring
files from your PC to someone else's via the Internet is very specific to the actual hardware and software that you own. It is therefore outside the scope of this guide to review.
We are going to get the University of Delaware's Responsible
Computing Policy Document (UDpolicy.asc), which is stored on the
computer zebra.us.udel.edu, in the
/pub/UNIV_of_Delaware_Responsible_Computing_Policy directory. To
transfer this document to your own account, you need to use
anonymous ftp as follows.
If you are transferring a graphics file then you must specify this by
typing: bin [RET] before transferring the file.
- At the % prompt type: ftp zebra.us.udel.edu [RET]
- At the Name prompt type: anonymous [RET]
- You will be asked for a password, type: "your Email address"
- To see a list of directories, type: ls [RET]
- One of the directories listed is pub (this is the directory
that stores publicly available files). That is the directory
we are looking for. Type: cd pub [RET]
- To find the file we are looking for, type: cd
Univ_of_Delaware_Responsible_Computing_Policy [RET] (cd is a unix command
for changing directory)
- To list the files in this directory type: ls [RET]
- One of the files listed, UDpolicy.asc is the file we want to
transfer. To do that type: get UDpolicy.asc [RET]
- At the ftp prompt type: quit [RET]
- To check the file was transferred successfully, try to
access it as follows: at the % prompt type: pico UDpolicy.asc
[RET]. It should now appear on your screen. Press: ^v (CONTROL v) a
few times to scroll down to the bottom of the document.
update date given. This is not a reflection of the currency of UD
computing policy, but of using ftp (as opposed to WWW) to distribute
done viewing the file, press: ^x (CONTROL x) to exit the file.
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