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Manual Reference Pages  -  QUFTP (1)


quftp - command line FTP client




quftp [-vhi] [-r filename] [-s filename] [-d[n]] [URL]


Command line FTP client, with support for queueing and transferring server-to-server
-v Display version number, then exit
-h Display usage help, then exit
-i Ignore any errors that may occur processing a script
-r Use filename as the configuration instead of the default
-s Read in script commands from filename. If an error occurs during script execution, quftp will exit unless -i is specified. After the script is finished executing, quftp will drop into interactive mode.
URL Specify a valid ftp:// URL to connect to. Any valid URL should be acceptable.


Normally, quftp runs in interactive mode, where commands are entered at the command line. Any of these commands can be put into a script file, which is executed with the -s command line option.

Variables can be inserted into the command line using $variable, where variable has already been defined using the set command.

To execute a shell command, enter !command at the prompt.

Basic help for each command can be obtained from within quftp by the help commad.
quit Exit the program
exit Exit the program
ls [filespec]
  List current directory. If filespec is given, it is passed directly to the FTP server.
lls List the local directory
cd [dirname]
  Change the current directory to dirname if dirname is not given, display the current directory.
lcd dirname
  Change the current local directory to dirname if dirname is not given, display the current directory.
pwd Show current working directory
get filename...
  Queue a file or files for download.
put filename...
  Queue a file or files for upload
mkdir Create a new directory dirname
rmdir Remove a directory dirname
fxp filename...
  Queue a file or files to be transferred between the current connection and the last connection ($LAST_CONNECTION). Use switch to change the connection.
go Start transferring the queue
clear Delete all items from the queue
queue List all items on the queue
close Disconnect from the server
open URL
  Connect to a server specified by URL.
status Show the current status of all available connections.
stat [filename]
  Display statistics for filename.
nlst List just the filenames in the current directory.
switch [connection]
  Switch to another connection. If connection is not given, switch to the lat used connection ($LAST_CONNECTION).
debug [debuglevel]
  Set debugging level. If debuglevel is not given, increase the debugging level by 1. Debugging levels are:
1               No information - fairly quiet
2               Normal
3               More information
4               Internal function calls
5               Control connection data
user username [password]
  Enter username and password for the server. If password is not given, prompt the user for the password. This forces a re-connect if a connection is already established.
cat [filename]
  Output filename to stdout
more [filename]
  Page filename using the command given in $pager.
set variable value
  Set variable to equal value. This is most commonly used in the configuration file.
unset variable
  Remove variable.
rm filename...
  Delete a remote file or files.
run filename
  Run a script file. After the script has finished, control is returned to the user.
alias alias command
  Define alias to execute command. If neither alias or command is specified, list all the aliases that have been defined.
getlist filename
  Read in filename and retrieve all the files listed.
assert Be sure the last command was successful. If it was not, exit the program. This is normally only used in scripts, to stop execution if a command does not work.
quote command
  Send command verbatim to the server, and display the result.


Configuration is read at startup from ~/.quftprc, although this can be specified as a different file using the -c command line option. This file must contain valid quftp commands, one per line. These commands are generally ste commands that configure the quftp environment.

This section provides a brief overview of the configuration variables and their possible values.
motd (true/false)
  Display the server’s Message Of The Day when establishing a connection
passive (true/false)
  Use passive mode when transferring files. Read RFC 959 for a description of passive mode.
pager (any valid program)
  The name of the program to use as the pager when using the more command. This should be specified with the full path.
email (any valid e-mail address)
  This is uesd as the password when connecting to a server anonymously.
progress_update (number)
  How often should the progress bar be updated during a file transfer (in seconds). If this is 0 then the progress bar will not be displayed.
queuefiles (true/false)
  Use the queue when transferring files. If false, then files will be transferred immediately after entering the get, put or fxp command.
quftp by default supports only UNIX-style listings from servers. If you have a need to access another server type, run a ls command with the debug level set to 5 (debug 5), and E-mail me with the the output from the LIST command. Alternatively, you can try adding your own list description in ftp.c (around line 35). This is unsupported, so please e-mail me with any changes you make.


State information internal to quftp is accessable read-only using the normal variable commands, including set and normal variable expansion ($variable).
  Always contains "quftp"
  The version number of quftp being used. This is also the version that is reported by the -v command line option.
  The number of the connection currently being actioned. Use the switch command to use a different connection.
  The number of the last connection used. This is also the connection that any files transferred with the fxp command will go to.
  The name of the host the current connection applies to.
  The username currently being used on the current connection.


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David Parrish QUFTP (1) March 2000

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