Subject: Re: bin/3011: ftp could be smarter with host:/path and URL's
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Phil Knaack <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/09/1996 11:50:48
>> [ libedit / ftp / ncftp / misc ]

>After all, most people that want nice interfaces when ftping are using
>Netscape already at the moment.

	Of course, it can be argued that netscape is not a ``nice''
interface for doing file transfer .. I don't generally prefer to start
a 7M process every time I want to send some files around. ;)

	I generally tend towards more ``utilitarianism'' when it comes to
basic system tools like ftp.  Granted, I do from time to time enjoy the
benefits of ncftp, or even xftp.

	However, if you're trying to bootstrap a machine, an issue that 
seems important to me is whether or not the console you're using to
bootstrap is capable of the command-line editing features you might
be wanting to add.  The LETS_GET_SMALL option really doesn't seem viable
to me either, especially since that requires that you have either the source
handy to build a special version of ftp for the bootstrap you're trying to
do, or have the install disks handy.

	Anyway, some random thoughts.

Phillip F Knaack
Systems Administrator, Information Development for Extension Audiences (IDEA)
Iowa State University Extension