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Using rsh and ftp in VB

Posted on 2004-04-14
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Hi:
My question has 2 parts.

A) How can I use the unix command "rsh" in my stand alone VBA to list out files in our unix box?  For example, the "rsh" I intend to use is:  "rsh  remote_host_name  -l  user_name  ls"

B) After the files are listed out, I want to use ftp or a ftp script to download the files into an Access table in my Local C:\ drive.  How can I do so?

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Question by:AugustineWan
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you can do

dim remote_host,user_name,buffer
dim final

remote_host = "site.com"
user_name = "bill"
Shell "rsh " & remote_host & " -l " & user_name & " ls > out.txt"
open "out.txt" for input as #1
do while eof(1) = false
line input #1, buffer
final = final & buffer
loop
close #1

msgbox "return: " & vbcrlf & final

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now, as far as ftping, thats a completely different question.


You can either use the FTP cmd, by dynamically generating a command list then passing the command list to FTP. Or you can hard code the ftp (takes a lot of time).


-Brian
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Do I have to create out.txt first ? What is the purpose of "out.txt" and where should this file be located?

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Whatever the output from the RSH command is, it will be stored in out.txt


-Brian
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Thanks replying.

What is the purpose of having to open the "out.txt" file? ....

open "out.txt" for input as #1
do while eof(1) = false
line input #1, buffer
final = final & buffer
loop
close #1
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So your program can process the output from the RSH.

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I see.  For the FTP part, do you mind if you could further expand when you said:

You can either use the FTP cmd, by dynamically generating a command list then passing the command list to FTP?


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Basically, what you can do with the FTP Command is this:

ftp -s:cmds.txt


where cmds.txt is a text file containing a list of commands for the FTP program.

cmds.txt
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open site.com
user username
pass password
get file.exe c:\file.exe
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Hi again.

I am writing the ftp commands into a text file "cmds.txt" and it contains:

open aixtest
user johndoe
pass 1234

But when I ran "ftp -s:cmds.txt", it does not recognize the password part.  It says:
"Password required for user johndoe."
"Login inccorrect"

Is there something wrong with the syntax?
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