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8. FTP

This chapter describes how to start and use the FTP program supplied with WinaXe Plus.

The FTP program is a client implementation (i.e. a user interface) of ARPANET standard File Transfer Protocol. FTP allows you to transfer both text and binary files and directories between your PC and remote computers running the server implementation of File Transfer Protocol (on multiple server platforms) over the Internet and intranets.

By using the FTP program, you can:

  • Set up parameters and modes for operations

  • Make/change a directory on your PC or a remote computer (FTP server)

  • Remove local/remote directory

  • View and select files in a local/remote directory

  • Transfer (copy/rename/delete) selected local/remote files and directories

  • Append files to a remote computer

  • Execute FTP commands on a remote FTP server.

FTP operations may be done either by direct insecure access to a remote host or through one of the established SSH1/SSH2 protocol connections as well. You can access resources you need from behind your corporate firewalls.

While you are connected, you can perform a number of tasks (commands) on the remote computer (FTP server) by using its various options.

FTP must run on a machine that is configured for TCP/IP network communication or Internet access. Access can be gained through Winsock and the use of any dial-up provider, a Remote Access Server (RAS), or a direct connection via a local area network that supports TCP/IP. In order for FTP to communicate with a remote computer, that computer must have a server implementation of FTP (FTP server based on the TCP/IP transports).

You can be connected to only one remote computer at a time during a FTP session. However, you can run multiple FTP sessions (FTP clients) simultaneously in separate windows, with each session connected to a different host.


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