Subject: Re: ftp auto fetch
To: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/28/2003 16:57:40
On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 12:18:56AM -0500, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
  | On Friday 28 February 2003 00:12, Ian Harding wrote:
  | > I am trying to fetch files from an HTTP server that is misconfigured.  It
  | > returns 400 Bad Request if the browser name doesn't have start with
  | > "Mozilla".  ftp identifies itself, sensibly, as "NetBSD-ftp/....".
  | What makes you say that it is mis-configured.

The web site is broken if it expects the client program to return a
particular string before allowing a download...

  | If it is a http URI then wouldn't you expect it to require http to access?

ftp *does* use HTTP to retrieve http:// arguments on the command line.

  | > Is there any way to make ftp lie and call itself something like
  | > "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"?

Not at this time, and I'm unlikely to find the motivation to add
support for this.  Try using a dedicated http retrieval tool such as
wget, which supports faking the user-agent.