qftp is a simple program which demonstrates the use of ftplib.
qftp performs directories or file transfers using the ftp protocol based
on the command it was invoked with and command line arguments. qftp
can be invoked through a softlink which indicates which operation it
To install, copy qftp to a directory in your path. Execute the following
commands in that directory:
ln -s qftp ftpdir
ln -s qftp ftpget
ln -s qftp ftpsend
ln -s qftp ftprm
ln -s qftp ftplist
Then, invoke qftp by using the commands ftpdir, ftpget, ftpsend, ftprm or
qftp processes the command line in order. The first argument should be
the name of the system you wish to converse with. If you need to specify
login information, that should be specified next with '-l' and '-p'. On
UNIX systems, if you specify a username with '-l' and don't specify a
password with '-p', qftp will prompt for a password. It is a good idea
to do it this way as it keeps the password off the command line and out
of 'ps' and other displays.
When working through a proxy firewall, specify the firewall machine's
name as the host. Specify the real host's name with the -l and -p
parameters. For example:
ftpget firewall -l firstname.lastname@example.org -p email@example.com
The exit status from qftp can be used to determine whether the transfer
worked or not. Exit status 2 means a command line syntax error. 3
indicates a failure while attempting to translate the system name into an
IP address. 4 indicates a failure attempting to connect to the remote
machine. 5 indicates a login failure. 6 indicates a remote command
error. 7 indicates a system call error.
See the HTML documentation in the html subdirectory for more details.