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ncftpget(1)							   ncftpget(1)

       ncftpget - Internet file transfer program for scripts

       ncftpget [options] remote-host local-directory remote-files...

       ncftpget -f login.cfg [options] local-directory remote-files...

       ncftpget [options]

   Command line flags:
       -u XX   Use username XX instead of anonymous.

       -p XX   Use password XX with the username.

       -P XX   Use  port  number  XX  instead  of the default FTP service port

       -j XX   Use account XX in supplement to the username and password (dep‐

       -d XX   Use the file XX for debug logging.

       -a      Use ASCII transfer type instead of binary.

       -t XX   Timeout after XX seconds.

       -v/-V   Do  (do	not)  use  progress  meters.   The  default  is to use
	       progress meters if the output stream is a TTY.

       -f XX   Read the file XX for host, user, and password information.

       -A      Append to local files, instead of overwriting them.

       -z/-Z   Do (do not) try to resume transfers.  The default is to try  to
	       resume (-z).

       -E      Use regular (PORT) data connections.

       -F      Use  passive  (PASV)  data  connections.	 The default is to use
	       passive, but to fallback to regular if the  passive  connection
	       fails or times out.

       -DD     Delete remote file after successfully downloading it.

       -R      Recursive mode; copy whole directory trees.

       -T      Do  not use automatic on-the-fly TAR mode for downloading whole
	       directory trees.	 ncftpget uses	TAR  whenever  possible	 since
	       this  usually  preserves	 symbolic  links and file permissions.
	       TAR mode can also result in faster  transfers  for  directories
	       containing many small files, since a single data connection can
	       be used rather than an FTP data connection for each small file.
	       The  downside to using TAR is that it forces downloading of the
	       whole directory, even if you had previously downloaded  a  por‐
	       tion  of	 it earlier, so you may want to use this option if you
	       want to resume downloading of a directory.

       -r XX   Redial a maximum of XX times until connected to the remote  FTP

       -b      Run in background (by submitting a job to ncftpbatch).

       -B XX   Try setting the TCP/IP socket buffer size to XX bytes.

       The  purpose  of ncftpget is to do file transfers from the command-line
       without entering an interactive	shell.	 This  lets  you  write	 shell
       scripts or other unattended processes that can do FTP.  It is also use‐
       ful for advanced users who want to retrieve files from the  shell  com‐
       mand line without entering an interactive FTP program such as ncftp.

       One particularly useful feature of this program is that you can give it
       a uniform resource locator as the only argument and  the	 program  will
       download	 that file.  You can then copy and paste from your web browser
       or newsreader and use that URL.	Example:

	   $ cd /tmp
	   $ ncftpget
	   $ zcat ncftp.tar.Z | tar xf -

       By default the program tries to open the remote host and	 login	anony‐
       mously,	but  you can specify a username and password information.  The
       -u option is used to specify the username  to  login  as,  and  the  -p
       option is used to specify the password.	If you are running the program
       from the shell, you may omit the -p option and the program will	prompt
       you for the password.

       Using  the  -u and -p options are not recommended, because your account
       information is exposed to anyone who can see your shell script or  your
       process	information.   For example, someone using the ps program could
       see your password while the program runs.

       You may use the -f option instead to specify a file  with  the  account
       information.   However, this is still not secure because anyone who has
       read access to the information file can see  the	 account  information.
       Nevertheless,  if  you choose to use the -f option the file should look
       something like this:

	   user gleason
	   pass mypasswd

       Don't forget to change the permissions on this file so no one else  can
       read them.

       The -d option is very useful when you are trying to diagnose why a file
       transfer is failing.  It prints out the entire FTP conversation to  the
       file  you  specify,  so you can get an idea of what went wrong.	If you
       specify the special name stdout as the name  of	the  debugging	output
       file, the output will instead print to the screen.  Example:

	   $ ncftpget -d stdout . /pub/README
	   220: FTP server ready.
	   Connected to
	   Cmd: USER anonymous
	   331: Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
	   Cmd: PASS xxxxxxxx
	   230: Welcome!
	   Logged in to as anonymous.
	   Cmd: TYPE I
	   200: Type set to I.
	   Cmd: PORT 192,168,9,37,6,76
	   200: PORT command successful.
	   Cmd: RETR /pub/README
	   550: /pub/README: File in use.
	   Cmd: QUIT
	   221: Goodbye.

       Using  ASCII  mode is helpful when the text format of your host differs
       from that of the remote host.  For example, if  you  are	 retrieving  a
       .TXT file from a Windows-based host to a UNIX system, you could use the
       -a flag which would use ASCII transfer mode so that the file created on
       the  UNIX system would be in the UNIX text format instead of the MS-DOS
       text format.

       You can retrieve an entire directory tree of  files  by	using  the  -R
       flag.   However, this will work only if the remote FTP server is a UNIX
       server, or emulates UNIX's list output.	Example:

	   $ ncftpget -R /tmp /pub/ncftp

       This would create a /tmp/ncftp hierarchy.

       ncftpget returns the following exit values:

       0       Success.

       1       Could not connect to remote host.

       2       Could not connect to remote host - timed out.

       3       Transfer failed.

       4       Transfer failed - timed out.

       5       Directory change failed.

       6       Directory change failed - timed out.

       7       Malformed URL.

       8       Usage error.

       9       Error in login configuration file.

       10      Library initialization failed.

       11      Session initialization failed.

       Mike Gleason, NcFTP Software (

       ncftpput(1), ncftp(1), ftp(1), rcp(1), tftp(1).

       LibNcFTP (

Software			     NcFTP			   ncftpget(1)

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