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Command line FTP basics UNIX
If you're new to UNIX in general, and have only used programs like Fetch or Transmit as FTP tools in the past, you may find the command-line version of FTP quite daunting. There are times when you might want to use this, though, such as when remotely connected to your Mac, and you'd like to download some files locally.

Over in this MacFixit Forums thread, 'JohnBaxter' posted a nice overview of key commands to use when running FTP in a terminal session.
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may as well put the commands here...
Authored by: etwoy on Apr 14, '01 07:24:07PM
These are about the only ones I ever use....
- multiple get. You can specify wildcards like '*'.
- will turn on or off (on by default) prompting you whether to download files that match an mget command.
- will turn on or off (off by default) displaying hash marks to represent file transfer progress. like a progress bar.
- sets the type of transfer to binary.
- sets the type of transfer to ascii (text).
- does the same thing as binary.
- lets you see the current settings of all these sorts of parameters.
- sets the local directory where files are downloaded.
- gets remote file if newer than local file.
- for resuming interrupted downloads. restarts file transfer at specified bytecount.

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