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Problem exporting pdf files via command line FTP

I'm getting pdf files via command line FTP from a remote server...when I open them I'm getting font errors.  When I get the same pdf files via an FTP gui (specifically, WinSCP) they open just fine.
Any ideas what is causing the font errors when using the command line FTP?  Please help.
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Make sure you type bin before the get command?  That could garble it and might default differently on a different FTP client.
Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
I'll second Superdave's advice: PDF is a binary format, and if you use ftp in text mode, it will modify what it considers to be line endings. There are no line endings in a binary file, so the file ends up being corrupt.
Most command line ftp programs that I've used over the decades default to text or ASCII mode, which means that you need to first switch them to binary mode (with the bin command).

Chances are that there is more broken in your PDF than just the fonts.
MariaHaltAuthor Commented:
Yep, that was it.  Thank you.

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