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Programmatic FTP using the INET control

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I need to capture configuration (.cfg) files from a remote server and copy them all into a folder or specified directory on my pc.  This must be done without API but i can use the library references.  The connection, copying, and transfer of files must be done programatically, that is, with no user interface whatsoever.  I have tried using the inet control but found that the "GET" command must have specified files written to it instead of just being able to call all the files with a wildcard (*.cfg). I guess i need a loop of some sort to grab all of the files off the ftp server and copy them at one instance onto my PC. If anyone has any suggestions and/or comments I would greatly appreciate it. Thanx.
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by:Hormonal
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Your question doesn't give many details, but I can only think of two main ways you would want to get multiple files.  Either you periodically want to download a specific list of files from a specific FTP server, or you want to go to an FTP server, and download an entire directory of files.  I would assume the latter, since getting a specific list would be trivial, using multiple GET calls.

Basically, you need to get a list of the files contained in a specific directory, which is done using the LS command on an FTP server.  What you should do is connect to the FTP server using the Inet Control, and do a .execute with "LS" as your Operation parameter.  Parse that result (check the help -- you have to use GetChunk), and you've got your list of all the files in that directory.  Now, just move through your list, calling a GET for each file.

I haven't tested any code, but I'm pretty confident it'll do the trick.  Give it a shot.
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AndrewDev earned 600 total points
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Take a look ate these

FTP Transfer Class, using wininet.dll
Includes two extra classes to handle directory listings, plus a sample application.
http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=1593

FTP Client Using WinInet.dll
http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=1991

I think the first of the two is better

Good Luck
Andrew

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by:glass_cookie
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Hi!

I don't know if this is what you want, but here's the file:

Download...
http://www.vb-helper.com/Howto/ftpup.zip

Description: Upload a file using FTP (4K)

That's it!

glass cookie : )

PS Ignore me if it's NA.
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Hi butlerjo,
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