Subject: Re: bin/3011: ftp could be smarter with host:/path and URL's
To: Christian Kuhtz <email@example.com>
From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/08/1996 21:20:27
On Sun, 8 Dec 96 22:07:58 -0700
Christian Kuhtz <email@example.com> wrote:
> Include a pointer in the FAQs then, or manpage if you have to. Or split the
> development tree up and evolve ftp as a separate product.
> But don't make an efficient binary bloated.
There are a couple of archtectural reasons why making these changes to
ftp(1) is a win overall:
(a) Brings us closer to the goal of providing a complete
environment. Why ship an ftp(1) at all if it's just
going to be replaced?
(b) Makes system automation w/ FTP much easier. For example,
the hp300, sparc, sun3, and atari miniroot install tools
will all benefit from the `anonymous' and `URL' features.
The current menthod they use is gross, at best.
I agree that it can be taken too far; a full-blown GUI is too far,
for example. However, the changes that have been going in are
fairly non-intrusive overall, and don't bloat the executable much
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