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Zip and unzip files on an FTP site

Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I'm looking for an easier way to download 1000s of files from my site, e.g., for a backup. I'm wondering if there's a way to zip files on the ftp server and then just download the one file (and then in reverse, unzip files on the server).

Or, what's the easiest way you ftp files?
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Jeff DarlingDeveloper Analyst

The files should already be compressed on the ftp server.  If you are serving out files on a ftp server, then why spend your bandwidth and space storing and serving uncompressed files?  sure, it takes a little CPU to perform the compression, but CPU cycles are much cheaper than bandwidth.

If you want an easy way to download a bunch of files, try using a graphical user interface ftp client such as WS_FTP or Filezilla.  You can select all the files at once, including entire folders if you want.


I may be misunderstanding, but I'm not serving out files on an ftp server.  I'm logging into my web site through ftp and accessing all the files and folders that are a part of the web site. I'd like to zip them up and download them. Unless that is not possible, and then I'll just try to find the best/fastest ftp client to do it.
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