Subject: "ftp -a" doesn't bypass or fail HTTP authorization redirects
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 02/28/2005 17:33:18
Last night I was starting up another rebuild of all my Alpha packages
with "pkg_chk" and today found it hung at some kind of HTTP AUTH check
because it seems I accidentally deleted my local copy of the INIT file.

So, I retried with "ftp -a" (which I now think should be the default for
bulk and pkg_chk builds) only to find it still hangs!

# ftp -a
401 Authorization Required
Username for `(hit CANCEL to see the name and password to use; using a name and password to access downloads binds you to use the software only in accordance with the Common Public License)': ^?

Unfortunately even if I follow the exceedingly stupid (must have been
devices by a non-techno lawyer!) instructions for accepting the license,
that file is no longer found.  There is only INIT.2005-02-02.tgz.  Sigh.

At least it can be downloaded from countless other unrestricted mirrors.  :-)

(and if "ftp -a" bypassed the AUTH redirect then it would have worked!)

						Greg A. Woods

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