Subject: Re: ftp and tar annoyances
To: Brad Salai <>
From: Hauke Fath <hauke@Espresso.Rhein-Neckar.DE>
List: current-users
Date: 11/13/1997 23:29:18
At 18:56 Uhr +0100 13.11.1997, Brad Salai wrote:

>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 in "tar -z -x -p -v -f <tarfile> <source>" the -f takes a
parameter, the name of the output file.

>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.

What about giving the command "prompt" at the ftp prompt?

>Again, not the end of the world, but it could be easier.

"man ftp" ?



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