FTP command line syntax

Dan Nelson dnelson at allantgroup.com
Tue Sep 28 08:13:07 PDT 2004

In the last episode (Sep 28), Steve Suhre said:
> I need to set up a cron job that will fetch a file using ftp and a
> password. I've tried several versions of the commands as described in
> the man page and the Auto-Fetch section but I'm getting an error that
> makes me think I'm missing something...
> If I use the suggested syntax:
> ftp ftp://user:password@host/path
> I get:                Can't locate or login to host `user'

Works for me:

  $ ftp ftp://doesnt:exist@ftp.netscape.com/path    
  Connected to ftp.gftp.netscape.com.
  220 ftpnscp.newaol.com FTP server (SunOS 5.8) ready.
  331 Password required for doesnt.
  530 Login incorrect.
  ftp: Login failed.
  ftp: Can't connect or login to host `ftp.netscape.com'
  221 Goodbye.

What version of FreeBSD are you running?

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at allantgroup.com

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