17.11. Using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Okay, you already know that File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a subset of TCP/IP, and that FTP is used for the transfer of files. In recent years, FTP has become a truly cross-platform protocol for transferring files. Because Internet (and thus TCP/IP) use has skyrocketed, almost every client and server platform has implemented FTP. Windows is no exception. Its TCP/IP stack comes with a command-line ftp utility.

To start the ftp utility, enter ftp at a command prompt. The result is an ftp command prompt:

C:\Users\tlammle>ftp
ftp>

From this prompt, you can open a connection to an FTP server and upload and download files as well as change the way FTP operates. To display a list of all the commands you ...

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