Getting files from the Internet with ftp

Some of the Internet's great information resources are ftp sites, which contain hundreds of thousands of files from all over the Internet. ftp sites are similar to Web sites, but are directory-oriented and speak a different protocol. They're less fun than the Web usually is, but often more practical.

One of the easiest ways to access information on ftp sites is to use anonymous ftp, which lets you access the sites and download files to your computer (Code Listing 12.1).

Getting a single file through anonymous ftp:

At the shell prompt, type ftp followed by the name of the ftp site you're connecting to. Of course, if the computer has an IP number but no name, type the IP number ...

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