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Automatically ftp from unix to windows

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Can sommeone tell me how can i automatically ftp from unix session to windows machine. i write manually
ftp "win name"
Please inter your name: "user_name"
user name okay, Need password.
Password: "password"
user logged in.
ftp>
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Question by:sBahman
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by:fridom
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Use curl or wget that makes live a bit easier
curl -user-name:password ftp://ftp.server/file_you_want_to_get

Regards
Friedrich
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by:NeerajaR
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Am not sure if this is what is expected.

Can be acheived by writing a script something like below
ftp  ${MACHINE_NAME} << [[
        ascii
       cd ${SRC_DIR}
        lcd ${DES_DIR}
        get ${filename}
        bye
[[
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by:stefan73
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Hi sBahman,
You can define host,user and password entries in the .netrc file. Check the netrc man page:

machine ray login demo password mypassword macdef init
lcd <local dir>
cd <remote dir>
put ...

Make sure your .netrc is not readable by other users:
chmod og-rwx ~/.netrc



Cheers,

Stefan
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by:sBahman
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i create a .netrc file but this one give me a error
Macro definition missing null line terminator.
221 Goodbye.  Control connection closed.
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by:sBahman
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now working!. But i don't undrestand how can i do it remotly i need to say
lcd "lname"
cd "rname"
put "fname"
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by:mdhmi
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Example:

ftp -nv << EOF
 open 192.168.10
   user niceguy yourpasswd
   bin
   cd /tmp
   put testfile.tmp
   bye
EOF

Mark
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by:stefan73
ID: 10713324
sBahman,
> Macro definition missing null line terminator.

That's an empty line.

> i don't undrestand how can i do it remotly i need to say
Normally, the .netrc driven FTP jobs are only for very simple tasks. If you really want to, you could write a Perl script which sets up the .netrc, starts the FTP and restores the old .netrc.

You'd be better off with a more sophisticated FTP client, such as ncftp (but sometimes system restrictions don't allow it):

http://www.ncftp.com/

Stefan
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by:stefan73
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mdhmi,
>  user niceguy yourpasswd

That's the pain... cleartext passwords are not good. It's too easy to forget using chmod 700 on your script.

In case you are even moderately sensitive to security issues, consider using SSH (scp/sftp) with public key authentication instead of FTP.

Stefan
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by:pratikroy
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Just wanted to stress that if the permissions are not set correctly on .netrc, automatic ftp will not work.
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avizit earned 20 total points
ID: 10930280
seems like a job for "expect" scripts

you need to have expect installed though

 basically you can have a script like following

#!/usr/bin/expect --
set timeout 20
spawn ftp yourhost.com
expect "login:"
send "yourusername\r"
expect "Password:"
send "yourpasword\r"
interact


/abhijit/

ftp "win name"
Please inter your name: "user_name"
user name okay, Need password.
Password: "password"
user logged in.
ftp>
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by:swiercm
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If you are using the .netrc file you will need to add the following lines in it.
Assuming you know "vi".

machine <IP address or DNS name>
               login <you login id for the server your ftping to>
               password <the password for the above id>

macdef    <some_name_anything>
               put <the_filename_you_want_to_ftp>
               quit

Now that is all the .netrc needs to ftp to another server.
BTW the "<" and ">" are not in the code.

Now the tricky stuff to run the ftp.
You need to make up another script and in it you'll have the following:
echo "\$ <some_name_anything>" | ftp -v <IP address or DNS name>

Make sure you use the quotes.
You can set up the script to run in cronjob or at job at a certain time each day. In addition you can send the out put to a log file and check for a successful transmission.
Doing it via the .netrc you can send to multiple servers and have multiple macdefs, all automatically no manual intervention.
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Thanks
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