Subject: Re: HTTPS support patch for /usr/bin/ftp
To: Gary Thorpe <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/29/2003 17:20:54
In message <>, Gary Thorpe wr
>Why does an *ftp client* need http/https support? Or does this add SSL
>support to the ftp client? Are there any ftp servers which support SSL?
>If you want to download from HTTP/HTTPS servers, shouldn't you use
>another tool (like wget), or is there no such tool in the base system?

Or perhaps a front-end command 'url' that knew how to invoke ftp, 
something for http and https, etc.

The issue, I think, is that ftp is in the base system, while wget is in 

		--Steve Bellovin,