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See UsingLinuxCommands and AboutThesePages for the intent of this series of pages.

See UsingFtpBeginner for an expanded version of this page.



Use ncftp to download a file from a remote computer.

Sample Session

  • Switch to the (local) directory where you want to save the file. Otherwise, use lpwd and lcd from within ncftp.

  • Confirm you have permission and sufficient space to save the file in the desired directory.

  • Commands:


     ncftp> open ftp://carroll.cac.psu.edu (use "open carroll" if a bookmark exists)

or, if you need to specify your userid and password:

ncftp> open -u <userid> -p <password> ftp://carroll.cac.psu.edu

     ncftp> cd /pub/linux/distributions/mandrake/iso/ 

     ncftp> bookmark carroll 

     ncftp> use "lpwd" and "lcd" if required

     ncftp> get Mandrake72-inst.iso 

Note: If you restart a failed transfer, enter "R" to resume the transfer (not "A" to append).

     ncftp> quit

     md5sum Mandrake72-inst.iso


  • Apparently, if the directory/partition fills up where you are storing the downloaded file, Linux / ncftp simply deletes the file.


  • Test these instructions, or better yet, have somebody else test them and confirm they work. (I have tested them, but without following line by line.)

-- RandyKramer - 10 Jun 2001
(transferred from swiki, originally from CLUG wiki)

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