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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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Using ftp

Now that we have learned about remote access to do work at the shell prompt, what about other forms of remote work such as remote file transfer? Many times you will be called on to send or receive files much like the ones you have made, or explored within Unix already. Remember the *.rpm packages? The tar files? All of these things can be sent to other Unix systems where other people can work with them or use them if needed.

The ftp command provides you with a way to retrieve files from remote machines that aren't set up to share file systems with yours. If your machine is running an FTP server, you might be able to use it to provide your files to the rest of the world as well. Contact your system administrator about this. Remember, ...

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