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If I have a lot of files I need to copy to a site from an ftp server, what is an easy way to use the get command and copy all at once?

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Are those files available through ftp?  You can use a good ftp client and copy everything together.  For command line Linux client, you will have to use mget command.  It is much better to use a good GUI ftp client, say, file zilla

A better approach would be to use rsync or scp that is based on ssh--a totally different mechanism.
Use mget -      to copy multiple files from the remote machine to the local machine;
  you are prompted for a y/n answer before transferring each file


Use prompt - before mget command will not prompt you for y/n before transferring each file.

 Use mget *       copies all the files in the current remote directory to your current local directory.
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The problem with mget command is that you cannot copy recursively directories and sub-directories.  Second, you cannot preserve user ownership/permissions.  Third, you are limited to ftp files that are in ftp pub or other accessible locations.  Last, it is a slow and insecure protocol.

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This worked great, thanks for the input.

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