Subject: Re: ftp and tar annoyances
To: Brad Salai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 11/13/1997 12:10:13
On Thu, 13 Nov 1997, Brad Salai wrote:
> There is a thing about tar that makes it slightly harder to use than it
> might otherwise be.
> You have to get the options in the right order,
> tar -zxvpf bin.tar.gz works, but
> tar -zxvfp bin.tar.gz doesn't
> Once you know this, only the occasional tyop causes problems, but why does
> it have to be that way?
Because option f takes the file name AS THE NEXT ARGUMENT. Other than the
filename being after "f", you can re-arange the options in whatever order
tar -xzvpf == tar -zxvpf == tar -xvzpf
> As for ftp, mget is a nice idea, but it asks you to confirm that you still
> want each file as it comes up. This makes it impossible to just get a
> collection of files, either by matching a pattern, or listing the files,
> without sitting there.
Type "prompt" at the ftp prompt. It switches from interactive to batch