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ncftp(1)							      ncftp(1)

NAME
       ncftp - Browser program for the File Transfer Protocol

SYNOPSIS
       ncftp [host]

       ncftp [ftp://host.name/directory/]

DESCRIPTION
       The purpose of ncftp is to provide a powerful and flexible interface to
       the Internet standard  File  Transfer  Protocol.	  It  is  intended  to
       replace the stock ftp program that comes with the system.

       Although	 the  program  appears	to be rather spartan, you'll find that
       ncftp has a wealth of valuable performance  and	usage  features.   The
       program was designed with an emphasis on usability, and it does as much
       as it can for you automatically so you can do what  you	expect	to  do
       with  a	file  transfer	program,  which	 is transfer files between two
       interconnected systems.

       Some of the cooler features include progress meters,  filename  comple‐
       tion,  command-line  editing,  background processing, auto-resume down‐
       loads, bookmarking, cached directory listings, host redialing,  working
       with  firewalls	and proxies, downloading entire directory trees, etc.,
       etc.

       The  ncftp  distribution	 comes	with  the  useful   utility   programs
       ncftpget(1) and ncftpput(1) which were designed to do command-line FTP.
       In particular, they are very handy for shell scripts.  This version  of
       ncftp  no longer does command-line FTP, since the main ncftp program is
       more of a browser-type program.

   INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMAND SHELL
       Upon running the program you are presented a command prompt  where  you
       type  commands to the program's shell.  Usually you will want to open a
       remote filesystem to transfer files to and from	your  local  machine's
       filesystem.   To	 do  that,  you	 need to know the symbolic name of the
       remote system, or its Internet Protocol (IP) address.  For  example,  a
       symbolic name might be ``typhoon.unl.edu,'' and its IP address could be
       ``129.93.33.24.''  To open a connection to that	system,	 you  use  the
       program's open command:

	    open typhoon.unl.edu
	    open 129.93.33.24

       Both  of these try to open the machine called typhoon at the University
       of Nebraska.  Using the symbolic name is the preferred way, because  IP
       addresses  may  change without notice, while the symbolic names usually
       stay the same.

       When you open a remote filesystem, you need to  have  permission.   The
       FTP Protocol's authentication system is very similar to that of logging
       in to your account.  You have to give an account name, and its password
       for  access to that account's files.  However, most remote systems that
       have anything you might be interested in don't require an account  name
       for use.	 You can often get anonymous access to a remote filesystem and
       exchange files that have been made publicly  accessible.	  The  program
       attempts	 to  get  anonymous  permission to a remote system by default.
       What actually happens is that the program tries to use ``anonymous'' as
       the  account  name,  and when prompted for a password, uses your E-mail
       address as a courtesy to the remote system's maintainer.	 You can  have
       the program try to use a specific account also.	That will be explained
       later.

       After the open command completes successfully, you are connected to the
       remote  system  and  logged  in.	 You should now see the command prompt
       change to reflect the name of the current  remote  directory.   To  see
       what's  in  the	current remote directory, you can use the program's ls
       and dir commands.  The former is terse, preferring more remote files in
       less  screen  space,  and  the  latter is more verbose, giving detailed
       information about each item in the directory.

       You can use the program's cd command to move to	other  directories  on
       the  remote  system.  The cd command behaves very much like the command
       of the same name in the Bourne and Korn shell.

       The purpose of the program is to exchange data with other systems.  You
       can use the program's get command to copy a file from the remote system
       to your local system:

	    get README.txt

       The program will display the progress of the transfer on the screen, so
       you  can	 tell  how much needs to be done before the transfer finishes.
       When the transfer does finish, then you can enter more commands to  the
       program's command shell.

       You  can	 use the program's put command to copy a file from your system
       to the remote system:

	    put something.tar

       When you are finished using the remote system, you can open another one
       or use the quit

       Before  quitting,  you  may want to save the current FTP session's set‐
       tings for later.	 You can use the bookmark command  to  save  an	 entry
       into  your $HOME/.ncftp/bookmarks file.	When you use the bookmark com‐
       mand, you also specify a bookmark name, so the  next  time  instead  of
       opening	the  full  hostname  you  can use the name of the bookmark.  A
       bookmark acts just like one for your  web  browser,  so	it  saves  the
       remote  directory  you  were  in,  the account name you used, etc., and
       other information it learned so that the next time you use the bookmark
       it should require as little effort from you as possible.

   COMMAND REFERENCE
       help   The first command to know is help.  If you just type

		   help

	      from  the	 command shell, the program prints the names of all of
	      the supported commands.  From there, you can get	specific  help
	      for a command by typing the command after, for example:

		   help open

	      prints information about the open command.

       ascii  This command sets the transfer type to ASCII text.  This is use‐
	      ful for text-only transfers because the concept  of  text	 files
	      differs  between operating systems.  For example on UNIX, a text
	      file denotes line breaks with the linefeed character,  while  on
	      MS-DOS a line break is denoted by both a carriage return charac‐
	      ter and a line feed character.  Therefore,  for  data  transfers
	      that  you	 consider the data as text you can use ascii to ensure
	      that both the remote system and local system  translate  accord‐
	      ingly.   The default transfer type that ncftp uses is not ASCII,
	      but straight binary.

       bgget and bgput
	      These commands correspond to the get and put commands  explained
	      below,  except that they do the job in the background.  Normally
	      when you do a get then the program  does	the  download  immedi‐
	      ately,  and  does	 not  return control to you until the download
	      completes.  The background transfers are nice  because  you  can
	      continue browsing the remote filesystem and even open other sys‐
	      tems.  In fact, they are done by a daemon process,  so  even  if
	      you  log	off  your  UNIX	 host  the daemon should still do your
	      transfers.  The daemon will also automatically continue to retry
	      the  transfers  until they finish.  To tell when background jobs
	      have finished, you have  to  examine  the	 $HOME/.ncftp/batchlog
	      file, or run the jobs command from within NcFTP.

	      Both  the bgget and bgput commands allow you to schedule when to
	      do the transfers.	 They take a ``-@'' parameter, whose  argument
	      is  a  date  of the form YYYYMMDDhhmmss (four digit year, month,
	      day, hour, minute, second).  For example, to schedule a download
	      at 3 AM on November 6, you could try:

		   bgget -@ 19971106030000 /pub/idstuff/quake/q2_100.zip

       bgstart
	      This  command  tells  ncftp  to immediately start the background
	      transfers you've requested, which simply	runs  a	 copy  of  the
	      ncftpbatch program which is responsible for the background jobs.
	      Normally the program will start the background job  as  soon  as
	      you  close  the  current site, open a new site, or quit the pro‐
	      gram.  The reason for this is because since so many users	 still
	      use  slow	 dialup	 links	that starting the transfers would slow
	      things to a crawl, making it difficult to browse the remote sys‐
	      tem.   An	 added	bonus  of starting the background job when you
	      close the site is that ncftp can pass off that  open  connection
	      to the ncftpbatch program.  That is nice when the site is always
	      busy, so that the background job doesn't have to	wait  and  get
	      re-logged on to do its job.

       binary Sets  the transfer type to raw binary, so that no translation is
	      done on the data transferred.  This is the default anyway, since
	      most files are in binary.

       bookmark
	      Saves  the current session settings for later use.  This is use‐
	      ful to save the remote system and remote	working	 directory  so
	      you  can quickly resume where you left off some other time.  The
	      bookmark data is stored in your $HOME/.ncftp/bookmarks file.

       bookmarks
	      Lists the contents of  your  $HOME/.ncftp/bookmarks  file	 in  a
	      human-readable  format.	You can use this command to recall the
	      bookmark name of a previously saved bookmark, so	that  you  can
	      use the open command with it.

       cat    Acts  like the ``/bin/cat'' UNIX command, only for remote files.
	      This downloads the file you specify and dumps it directly to the
	      screen.	You  will  probably find the page command more useful,
	      since that lets you view the file one screen at a	 time  instead
	      of printing the entire file at once.

       cd     Changes the working directory on the remote host.	 Use this com‐
	      mand to move to different areas on the remote  server.   If  you
	      just  opened  a  new  site,  you might be in the root directory.
	      Perhaps	   there      was	a	directory	called
	      ``/pub/news/comp.sources.d''  that someone told you about.  From
	      the root directory, you could:

		   cd pub
		   cd news
		   cd comp.sources.d

	      or, more concisely,

		   cd /pub/news/comp.sources.d

	      Then, commands such as get, put, and ls could be used  to	 refer
	      to items in that directory.

	      Some shells in the UNIX environment have a feature I like, which
	      is switching to the previous directory.  Like those shells,  you
	      can do:

		   cd -

	      to change to the last directory you were in.

       chmod  Acts  like  the  ``/bin/chmod''  UNIX  command,  only for remote
	      files.  However, this is not a standard command, so  remote  FTP
	      servers may not support it.

       close  Disconnects  you	from the remote server.	 The program does this
	      for you automatically when needed, so you can simply open	 other
	      sites  or	 quit  the  program without worrying about closing the
	      connection by hand.

       debug  This command is mostly for internal testing.  You could type

		   debug 1

	      to turn debugging mode on.  Then	you  could  see	 all  messages
	      between  the  program and the remote server, and things that are
	      only printed in debugging mode.  However,	 this  information  is
	      also  available in the $HOME/.ncftp/trace file, which is created
	      each time you run ncftp.	If you need to report a	 bug,  send  a
	      trace file if you can.

       dir    Prints  a	 detailed  directory listing.  It tries to behave like
	      UNIX's ``/bin/ls -l'' command.  If the remote server seems to be
	      a	 UNIX host, you can also use the same flags you would with ls,
	      for instance

		   dir -rt

	      would try to act like

		   /bin/ls -lrt

	      would on UNIX.

       get    Copies files from the current working directory  on  the	remote
	      host  to	your  machine's current working directory.  To place a
	      copy of ``README'' and ``README.too'' in your  local  directory,
	      you could try:

		   get README README.too

	      You  could  also accomplish that by using a wildcard expression,
	      such as:

		   get README*

	      This command is similar to the behavior of other	FTP  programs'
	      mget command.  To retrieve a remote file but give it a different
	      name on your host, you can use the ``-z''	 flag.	 This  example
	      shows  how  to  download	a  file	 called ReadMe.txt but name it
	      locally as README:

		   get -z ReadMe.txt README

	      The program tries to  ``resume''	downloads  by  default.	  This
	      means  that if the remote FTP server lost the connection and was
	      only able to send 490 kilobytes of  a  500  kilobyte  file,  you
	      could reconnect to the FTP server and do another get on the same
	      file name and it would get the last  10  kilobytes,  instead  of
	      retrieving  the  entire  file  again.   There are some occasions
	      where you may not want that behavior.  To turn it	 off  you  can
	      use the ``-Z'' flag.

	      There  are  also	times  where you want to append to an existing
	      file.  You can do this by using the ``-A'' flag, for example

		   get -A log.11

	      would append to a file named ``log.11'' if it existed locally.

	      Another thing you can do is delete a remote file after you down‐
	      load  it.	  This can be useful when a remote host expects a file
	      to be removed when it has	 been  retrieved.   Use	 the  double-D
	      flag, such as ``get -DD'' to do this.

	      The  get	command lets you retrieve entire directory trees, too.
	      Although it may not work with some remote systems, you  can  try
	      ``get -R''  with	a  directory to download the directory and its
	      contents.

       jobs   Views the list of currently executing  NcFTP  background	tasks.
	      This actually just runs ncftpbatch -l for you.

       lcd    The  lcd	command is the first of a few ``l'' commands that work
	      with the local host.  This changes the current working directory
	      on the local host.  If you want to download files into a differ‐
	      ent local directory, you could use lcd to change to that	direc‐
	      tory and then do your downloads.

       lchmod Runs ``/bin/chmod'' on the local host.

       lls    Another  local  command  that comes in handy is the lls command,
	      which runs ``/bin/ls''  on  the  local  host  and	 displays  the
	      results  in  the	program's  window.  You can use the same flags
	      with lls as you would in your  command  shell,  so  you  can  do
	      things like:

		   lcd ~/doc
		   lls -lrt p*.txt

       lmkdir Runs ``/bin/mkdir'' on the local host.

       lookup The  program  also  has a built-in interface to the name service
	      via the lookup command.  This means you can lookup  entries  for
	      remote hosts, like:

		   lookup cse.unl.edu ftp.cs.unl.edu sphygmomanometer.unl.edu

	      prints:

		   cse.unl.edu		     129.93.33.1
		   typhoon.unl.edu	     129.93.33.24
		   sphygmomanometer.unl.edu  129.93.33.126

	      There is also a more detailed option, enabled with ``-v,'' i.e.:

		   lookup -v cse.unl.edu ftp.cs.unl.edu

	      prints:

		   cse.unl.edu:
		       Name:	 cse.unl.edu
		       Address:	 129.93.33.1

		   ftp.cs.unl.edu:
		       Name:	 typhoon.unl.edu
		       Alias:	 ftp.cs.unl.edu
		       Address:	 129.93.33.24

	      You can also give IP addresses, so this would work too:

		   lookup 129.93.33.24

	      prints:

		   typhoon.unl.edu	     129.93.33.24

       lpage  Views  a	local  file  one  page	at a time, with your preferred
	      $PAGER program.

       lpwd   Prints the current local directory.  Use this command  when  you
	      forget where you are on your local machine.

       lrename
	      Runs ``/bin/mv'' on the local host.

       lrm    Runs ``/bin/rm'' on the local host.

       lrmdir Runs ``/bin/rmdir'' on the local host.

       ls     Prints  a directory listing from the remote system.  It tries to
	      behave like  UNIX's  ``/bin/ls -CF''  command.   If  the	remote
	      server  seems to be a UNIX host, you can also use the same flags
	      you would with ls, for instance

		   ls -rt

	      would try to act like

		   /bin/ls -CFrt

	      would on UNIX.

	      ncftp has a powerful built-in system for dealing with  directory
	      listings.	  It  tries to cache each one, so if you list the same
	      directory, odds are  it  will  display  instantly.   Behind  the
	      scenes, ncftp always tries a long listing, and then reformats it
	      as it needs to.  So even if your first listing  of  a  directory
	      was  a regular ``ls'' which displayed the files in columns, your
	      next listing could be ``ls -lrt'' and ncftp would still use  the
	      cached  directory listing to quickly display the information for
	      you!

       mkdir  Creates a new directory on the remote host.  For many public ar‐
	      chives, you won't have the proper access permissions to do that.

       open   Establishes  an  FTP  control  connection	 to a remote host.  By
	      default, ncftp logs in anonymously to the remote host.  You  may
	      want  to use a specific user account when you log in, so you can
	      use the ``-u'' flag to specify which user.  This	example	 shows
	      how  to  open the host ``bowser.nintendo.co.jp'' using the user‐
	      name ``mario:''

		   open -u mario bowser.nintendo.co.jp

       page   Browses a remote file one page at a time, using your $PAGER pro‐
	      gram.   This  is	useful for reading README's on the remote host
	      without downloading them first.

       pdir and pls
	      These commands are equivalent to dir and ls  respectively,  only
	      they feed their output to your pager.  These commands are useful
	      if the directory listing scrolls off your screen.

       put    Copies files from the local host to the remote machine's current
	      working directory.  To place a copy of ``xx.zip'' and ``yy.zip''
	      in the remote directory, you could try:

		   put xx.zip yy.zip

	      You could also accomplish that by using a	 wildcard  expression,
	      such as:

		   put *.zip

	      This  command  is similar to the behavior of other FTP programs'
	      mput command.  To send a remote file but	give  it  a  different
	      name  on	your  host, you can use the ``-z'' flag.  This example
	      shows how to upload a file  called  ``ncftpd-2.0.6.tar.gz''  but
	      name it remotely as ``NFTPD206.TGZ:''

		   put -z ncftpd-2.0.6.tar.gz NFTPD206.TGZ

	      The  program  does not try to ``resume'' uploads by default.  If
	      you do want to resume an upload, use the ``-z'' flag.

	      There are also times where you want to  append  to  an  existing
	      remote  file.   You  can	do  this by using the ``-A'' flag, for
	      example

		   put -A log11.txt

	      would append to a file named ``log11.txt'' if it existed on  the
	      remote server.

	      Another thing you can do is delete a local file after you upload
	      it.  Use the double-D flag, such as ``put -DD'' to do this.

	      The put command lets you send entire directory trees,  too.   It
	      should  work  on	all  remote systems, so you can try ``put -R''
	      with a directory to upload the directory and its contents.

       pwd    Prints the current remote working directory.  A portion  of  the
	      pathname is also displayed in the shell's prompt.

       quit   Of  course,  when you finish using the program, type quit to end
	      the program (You could also use bye, exit, or ^D).

       quote  This can be used to send a direct FTP Protocol  command  to  the
	      remote  server.	Generally this isn't too useful to the average
	      user.

       rename If you need to change the name of a remote file, you can use the
	      rename command, like:

		   rename SPHYGMTR.TAR sphygmomanometer-2.3.1.tar

       rhelp  Sends a help request to the remote server.  The list of FTP Pro‐
	      tocol commands is often printed, and sometimes some other infor‐
	      mation  that  is	actually  useful,  like	 how to reach the site
	      administrator.

	      Depending on the remote server, you may be able to give a param‐
	      eter to the server also, like:

		   rhelp NLST

	      One server responded:

		   Syntax: NLST [ <sp> path-name ]

       rm     If  you need to delete a remote file you can try the rm command.
	      Much of the time this won't work	because	 you  won't  have  the
	      proper  access  permissions.   This  command  doesn't accept any
	      flags, so you can't nuke a whole tree  by	 using	``-rf''	 flags
	      like you can on UNIX.

       rmdir  Similarly,  the rmdir command removes a directory.  Depending on
	      the remote server, you may be able to remove a non-empty	direc‐
	      tory, so be careful.

       set    This  lets you configure some program variables, which are saved
	      between runs in the $HOME/.ncftp/prefs file.  The	 basic	syntax
	      is:

		   set <option> <value>

	      For example, to change the value you use for the anonymous pass‐
	      word, you might do:

		   set anon-password ncftp@ncftp.com

	      See the next section for a list of things you change.

       show   This  lets  you  display	program	  variables.	You   can   do
	      ``show all''  to display all of them, or give a variable name to
	      just display that one, such as:

		   show anon-password

       site   One obscure command you may have to use someday  is  site.   The
	      FTP  Protocol  allows  for  ``site  specific''  commands.	 These
	      ``site'' commands vary of course, such as:

		   site chmod 644 README

	      Actually, ncftp's chmod command really does the above.

	      Try doing one of these to see what the remote  server  supports,
	      if any:

		   rhelp SITE
		   site help

       type   You  may	need  to  change transfer types during the course of a
	      session with a server.  You can use the type command to do this.
	      Try one of these:

		   type ascii
		   type binary
		   type image

	      The  ascii  command  is equivalent to ``type a'', and the binary
	      command is equivalent to ``type i'' and ``type b''.

       umask  Sets the process' umask on the remote server, if it has any con‐
	      cept of a umask, i.e.:

		   umask 077

	      However,	this  is not a standard command, so remote FTP servers
	      may not support it.

       version
	      This command dumps some information about the particular edition
	      of  the  program you are using, and how it was installed on your
	      system.

   VARIABLE REFERENCE
       anon-password
	      Specifies what to use for the password when  logging  in	anony‐
	      mously.  Internet convention has been to use your E-mail address
	      as a courtesy to the site administrator.	If you change this, be
	      aware that some sites require (i.e. they check for) valid E-mail
	      addresses.

       auto-resume
	      NcFTP 3 now prompts the user by default when you try to download
	      a	 file  that  already  exists  locally,	or  upload a file that
	      already exists remotely.	Older versions of the program automat‐
	      ically guessed whether to overwrite the existing file or attempt
	      to resume where it left off, but	sometimes  the	program	 would
	      guess  wrong.  If you would prefer that the program always guess
	      which action to take, set this variable to yes, otherwise, leave
	      it set to no and the program will prompt you for which action to
	      take.

       autosave-bookmark-changes
	      With the advent of version 3 of NcFTP, the program treats	 book‐
	      marks  more  like	 they would with your web browser, which means
	      that once you bookmark the site, the remote directory is static.
	      If you set this variable to yes, then the program will automati‐
	      cally update the bookmark's starting remote directory  with  the
	      directory	 you  were in when you closed the site.	 This behavior
	      would be more like that of NcFTP version 2.

       confirm-close
	      By default the program will ask you  when	 a  site  you  haven't
	      bookmarked  is about to be closed.  To turn this prompt off, you
	      can set this variable to no.

       connect-timeout
	      Previous versions of the program used a single timeout value for
	      everything.   You	 can  now  have different values for different
	      operations.  However, you probably do not need to	 change	 these
	      from the defaults unless you have special requirements.

	      The  connect-timeout variable controls how long to wait, in sec‐
	      onds, for a connection establishment to complete before  consid‐
	      ering  it	 hopeless.  You can choose to not use a timeout at all
	      by setting this to -1.

       control-timeout
	      This is the timer used when ncftp sends an FTP command over  the
	      control  connection  to the remote server.  If the server hasn't
	      replied in that many seconds, it considers the session lost.

       logsize
	      This is controls how large the transfer  log  ($HOME/.ncftp/log)
	      can  grow	 to,  in kilobytes.  The default is 200, for 200kB; if
	      you don't want a log, set this to 0.

       pager  This is the external program to use to view a text file, and  is
	      more by default.

       passive
	      This  controls ncftp's behavior for data connections, and can be
	      set to one of on, off, or the default, optional.	 When  passive
	      mode  is	on,  ncftp uses the FTP command primitive PASV to have
	      the client  establish  data  connections	to  the	 server.   The
	      default  FTP  protocol behavior is to use the FTP command primi‐
	      tive PORT which has the server establish data connections to the
	      client.  The default setting for this variable, optional, allows
	      ncftp to choose whichever method it deems necessary.

       progress-meter
	      You can change how the program  reports  file  transfer  status.
	      Select from meter 2, 1, or 0.

       redial-delay
	      When  a host is busy or unavailable, the program waits this num‐
	      ber of seconds before trying again.  The smallest	 you  can  set
	      this is to 10 seconds -- so if you were planning on being incon‐
	      siderate, think again.

       save-passwords
	      If you set this variable to yes, the program will save passwords
	      along  with the bookmarks you save.  While this makes non-anony‐
	      mous logins more convenient, this can be	very  dangerous	 since
	      your    account	 information	is    now   sitting   in   the
	      $HOME/.ncftp/bookmarks file.   The  passwords  aren't  in	 clear
	      text, but it is still trivial to decode them if someone wants to
	      make a modest effort.

       so-bufsize
	      If your operating system supports TCP Large Windows, you can try
	      setting  this  variable to the number of bytes to set the TCP/IP
	      socket buffer to.	 This option won't be of much use  unless  the
	      remote  server  also supports large window sizes and is pre-con‐
	      figured with them enabled.

       xfer-timeout
	      This timer controls how long to wait for	data  blocks  to  com‐
	      plete.  Don't set this too low or else your transfers will time‐
	      out without completing.

   FIREWALL AND PROXY CONFIGURATION
       You may find that your network  administrator  has  placed  a  firewall
       between your machine and the Internet, and that you cannot reach exter‐
       nal hosts.

       The answer may be as simple as setting ncftp to use passive mode	 only,
       which you can do from a ncftp command prompt like this:

	    set passive on

       The  reason  for	 this  is because many firewalls do not allow incoming
       connections to the site, but do allow users to establish outgoing  con‐
       nections.   A  passive  data connection is established by the client to
       the server, whereas the default is for the server to establish the con‐
       nection	to  the client, which firewalls may object to.	Of course, you
       now may have problems with sites whose primitive	 FTP  servers  do  not
       support passive mode.

       Otherwise, if you know you need to have ncftp communicate directly with
       a   firewall   or   proxy,   you	  can	try   editing	the   separate
       $HOME/.ncftp/firewall  configuration  file.  This file is created auto‐
       matically the first time you run the  program,  and  contains  all  the
       information you need to get the program to work in this setup.

       The  basics  of this process are configuring a firewall (proxy) host to
       go through, a user account and password for authentication on the fire‐
       wall,  and which type of firewall method to use.	 You can also setup an
       exclusion list, so that ncftp does not use the firewall	for  hosts  on
       the local network.

FILES
       $HOME/.ncftp/batchlog
	      Information for background data transfer processes.

       $HOME/.ncftp/bookmarks
	      Saves bookmark and host information.

       $HOME/.ncftp/firewall
	      Firewall access configuration file.

       $HOME/.ncftp/prefs
	      Program preferences.

       $HOME/.ncftp/spool/
	      Directory	 where background jobs are stored in the form of spool
	      configuration files.

       $HOME/.ncftp/trace
	      Debugging output for entire program run.

       $HOME/.ncftp/v3init
	      Used to tell if this version of the program has run before.

ENVIRONMENT
       PATH   User's search path, used to find the ncftpbatch program,	pager,
	      and some other system utilities.

       PAGER  Program to use to view text files one page at a time.

       TERM   If  the  program	was  compiled with support for GNU Readline it
	      will need to know how to manipulate the terminal	correctly  for
	      line-editing,  etc.   The pager program will also take advantage
	      of this setting.

       HOME   By default, the program  writes  its  configuration  data	 in  a
	      .ncftp subdirectory of the HOME directory.

       NCFTPDIR
	      If   set,	 the  program  will  use  this	directory  instead  of
	      $HOME/.ncftp.  This variable is optional except for those	 users
	      whose home directory is the root directory.

       COLUMNS
	      Both  the	 built-in  ls command and the external ls command need
	      this to determine how many screen columns the terminal has.

BUGS
       There are no such sites named bowser.nintendo.co.jp  or	sphygmomanome‐
       ter.unl.edu.

       Auto-resume  should  check  the file timestamps instead of relying upon
       just the file sizes, but it is difficult to  do	this  reliably	within
       FTP.

       Directory  caching and recursive downloads depend on UNIX-like behavior
       of the remote host.

AUTHOR
       Mike Gleason, NcFTP Software (mgleason@ncftp.com).

SEE ALSO
       ncftpput(1), ncftpget(1), ncftpbatch(1), ftp(1), rcp(1), tftp(1).

       LibNcFTP (http://www.ncftp.com/libncftp).

       NcFTPd (http://www.ncftp.com/ncftpd).

THANKS
       Thanks to everyone who uses the program.	 Your support is  what	drives
       me to improve the program!

       I thank Dale Botkin and Tim Russell at my former ISP, Probe Technology.

       Ideas and some code contributed by my partner, Phil Dietz.

       Thanks to Brad Mittelstedt and Chris Tjon, for driving and refining the
       development of the backbone of this project, LibNcFTP.

       I'd like to thank my former system administrators, most notably Charles
       Daniel,	for making testing on a variety of platforms possible, letting
       me have some extra disk space, and for maintaining the UNL FTP site.

       For testing versions 1 and 2 above and beyond the call of  duty,	 I  am
       especially  grateful to: Phil Dietz, Kok Hon Yin, and Andrey A. Chernov
       (ache@astral.msk.su).

       Thanks to Tim MacKenzie (t.mackenzie@trl.oz.au) for the original	 file‐
       name completion code for version 2.3.0 and 2.4.2.

       Thanks to DaviD W. Sanderson (dws@ora.com), for helping me out with the
       man page.

       Thanks to those of you at UNL who appreciate my work.

       Thanks to Red Hat Software for honoring	my  licensing  agreement,  but
       more  importantly, thanks for providing a solid and affordable develop‐
       ment platform.

APOLOGIES
       To the users, for not being able to respond personally to most of  your
       inquiries.

       To Phil, for things not being the way they should be.

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