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       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]

       ncftpget -c [options] remote-host remote-file > stdout

       ncftpget -C [options] remote-host remote-file local-path-name

       ncftpget -c [options] > stdout


   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

       -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.

       -c      Read from remote host and write locally to standard out.

       -C      Read from remote host and write locally to specified  pathname.

       -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
               portion 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 batch job and then  spawning

       -bb     Similar to -b option, but only submits the batch job.  You will
               need to run ncftpbatch for the batch job to be processed.  This
               is  useful if you already have a ncftpbatch process running, or
               wish to have better control of when batch jobs are processed.

               For example, if you wanted to do background processing of three
               files  all  on the same remote server, it is more polite to use
               just  one  ncftpbatch  process  to  process  the   three   jobs
               sequentially,  rather  than  having  three ncftpbatch processes
               open three simultaneous FTP sessions to the same server.

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

       -W XX   Send raw FTP command XX after logging in.

       -X XX   Send raw FTP command XX after each file transferred.

       -Y XX   Send raw FTP command XX before logging out.

               The -W, -X, and -Y options are useful for  advanced  users  who
               need  to  tweak  behavior  on some servers.  For example, users
               accessing mainframes might  need  to  send  some  special  SITE
               commands to set blocksize and record format information.

               For  these options, you can use them multiple times each if you
               need to send multiple commands.  For the -X option, you can use
               the  cookie  %s  to  expand  into the name of the file that was

       -o XX   Set advanced option XX.

               This option is used primarily for debugging.  It sets the value
               of  an internal variable to an integer value.  An example usage
               would be: -o useFEAT=0,useCLNT=1 which in this  case,  disables
               use  of  the  FEAT  command  and enables the CLNT command.  The
               available  variables  include:   usePASV,   useSIZE,   useMDTM,
               useREST,   useNLST_a,  useNLST_d,  useFEAT,  useMLSD,  useMLST,
               useCLNT,   useHELP_SITE,   useSITE_UTIME,   STATfileParamWorks,
               NLSTfileParamWorks,        require20,        allowProxyForPORT,


       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
       useful  for  advanced  users  who want to retrieve files from the shell
       command 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
       anonymously,  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 (


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