Subject: Re: FTP and subdirectories
To: Mike Pelley <>
From: Jaromir Dolecek <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/02/1998 00:03:02
Mike Pelley wrote:
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> Using the new super duper (and fun!) FTP program, I wanted to download a
> bunch of files from a remote site in various subdirectories, similar to
> cp -R.  If I type mget *, the ftp program gets everything in the current
> dir, then proceeds to go into each of the subdirectories and attempt to
> retrieve the files inside.  Unfortunately, it then dies if the subdirectory
> does not exist on my machine.
> So my question is, would it be reasonable to add functionality to FTP so
> that it creates directories locally when retrieving files in the form of
> 'dir/file'?

Actually, there exist a PR about this, with a patch. Nobody bothered
to apply it ;)
I have done it in late 1.2 times, PR contains patch updated for 1.3.

Jaromir Dolecek <>
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