Subject: Re: ftp and tar annoyances
To: Brad Salai <>
From: Paul Goyette <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/13/1997 15:42:19
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?

'cuz as soon as it finds the "f" option which requires an argument, it
assumes that the argument starts immediately...

> 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.

try using the "prompt" command to turn off the verification question.

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