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FTP via SQL Server DTS and cmdshell- can't get it to work!!! 500pts.

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Hi all,

I tried using the following code to automate an ftp upload:

exec master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'cd D:\inetpub\ & ftp -s:froogle.txt "www.mysite.com " & [myFTPusername] & [myFTPpassword] '

I cannot get the DTS package to execute this ftp task- nothing fails (no errors), but when I check my ftp site, the file never gets there.

Your help is greatly appreciated,


colin
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Have you tried putting this in a CMD file and calling the CMD file from a execute process task.

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by:Kevin3NF
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This would be simpler to create a one task package - ftp task and then schedule that...or am I missing a detail?
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by:EllsworthAdhesives
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acperkins- I have cleaned them up. Can't you send a message to my account? Or is posting on one of my questions the only way to notify me of something like this? If so, please send to my account if there is a next time.

Thanks,

colin
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by:EllsworthAdhesives
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SQL Server 2000 FTP task only allows for incoming files from external sites, or transfer of files between directories on the same CPU (not uploads to sites, whyich is what I need). At least that's what the menu options led me to believe- that's why I am using cmdshell.
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rboyd56: could you provide me an example of how I would do this (is it as easy as saving to a .txt, changing the extension to .cmd......and then, actually I don't know what I would do next (call the file).  An example would be awesome if you could show me.

Thanks
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>Can't you send a message to my account?<<
I am afraid not.  I am just a member of this community like yourself.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>SQL Server 2000 FTP task only allows for incoming files from external sites<<
I don't believe anyone is suggesting you use the FTP Task to upload (and you are correct it cannot be done).  Rather they are suggesting you add an "Execute Process Task" which executes ftp.exe with the script.
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P.S.  The reason the line:
exec master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'cd D:\inetpub\ & ftp -s:froogle.txt "www.mysite.com " & [myFTPusername] & [myFTPpassword] '
Is failing is because you are attempting to change folders AND execute in the same line.  This cannot be done.
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by:Sham Haque
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Create a  batch file to do what you need, then call that from xp_cmdshell:
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cd D:\inetpub
ftp -s:froogle.txt "www.mysite.com " [myFTPusername] [myFTPpassword]
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darnit all! I did what you suggested gbshahaq but I get nothing. I tried executing the command manually from cmd prompt and just got all the ftp options- nothing happened. I looked all over the net and the above is the only script I could find to automate an ftp upload- is there something missing, out of place, or what can I check to find out why this isn't executing?

The username and password are definately correct, as is the filename and location. I don't know what else I can do? All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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by:EllsworthAdhesives
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Oh and, acprekins- I understand about your other comment on my open questions. I just thought you were a moderator and though there must be another way of telling me that (esp. with this great new redesign of EE).

As for the automated ftp upload from SQL Server DTS via xp_cmdshell executing a bat with the above format- I still can't get it to work...
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>I tried executing the command manually from cmd prompt and just got all the ftp options- nothing happened.<<
That is because username and password are not valid parameters for ftp.exe.  They are usually included in the ftp script.  To see all the valid arguments you can use from the command line, use this:
FTP -?
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Your script should look like this:
[Your FTP user name]
[Your FTP password]
put [full path name to your file]
bye

You then call it as follows:
ftp -s:[full path name to the script file] [host name]
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by:dready
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Maybe you could try the method described here:

http://www.nigelrivett.net/s_ftp_PutFile.html
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by:EllsworthAdhesives
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Hi again,

Thanks for your input- I followed your suggestion, modified my script, and executed the SQL stament below, however, I still cannot get the file to go anywhere.. Do I have syntax incorrect?


exec master.dbo.xp_cmdshell  'ftp -s:D:\inetpub\ftp_upload.bat www.mysite.org'
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by:Anthony Perkins
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What happens when you execute the following from the command line:
ftp -s:D:\inetpub\ftp_upload.bat www.mysite.org
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Sham Haque earned 350 total points
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you should be calling the bat file with no parameters....

1. you have a ftp script file saved as D:\inetpub\froogle.txt containing the following lines:

[Your FTP user name]
[Your FTP password]
put [full path name to your file]
bye

2. you have a batch file saved as D:\inetpub\ftp_upload.bat containing the following lines:
cd D:\inetpub
ftp -s:D:\inetpub\froogle.txt "www.mysite.org"

3. you call the batch file from the command line (to test as acperkins suggested) or from the xp_cmdshell proc.

exec master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'D:\inetpub\ftp_upload.bat'




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by:EllsworthAdhesives
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gbshahaq: Thank you so much- you're explaination was concise, complete, and got everything working, perfectly. Thanks to everyone else who helped out- I understand batch execution much better now and can have this run as a scheduled job on one of my SQL Servers.

Thanks again to all!! You were a great help.

-colin
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