Subject: Re: bin/3011: ftp could be smarter with host:/path and URL's
To: John F. Woods <>
From: Ty Sarna <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/09/1996 20:34:01
> (The one reason I have ncftp on my system is the URL feature, which means
> I can transfer a file by just issuing one command line.  That makes it easier
> to embed an FTP in a script; the percentage bar is of very little value in
> that case.)

The main advantage of the percentage bar is when getting a large file from
a slow server. With vanilla ftp, you have the options of having either no
clue how far along you are or how fast it's going, or using hash and
knowing how fast it's going, but one your screen fills up you have no idea
where you are (plus you end up doing mental arithmatic on how many rows
and columns you screen is, times bytes/hash mark... that's the kind of
stuff a computer is supposed to do for you!)

The one other feature ncftp has that I would like to see is "more file" 
as an alias for "get file |more". It's just more convenient.

Other than that, what's been added so far seems like plenty, and I can do 
without the other things ncftp does.