Some non-expert additions to the proposed Internet Draft

Rafal Maszkowski <> Fri, 06 November 1992 00:27 UTC

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Please excuse me for my possibly unusefull non-expert remarks.
I marked them with '---->', comments with /* */.
I hope that some of them can be used. If not - sent to /dev/null.

Rafal Maszkowski


What Information Do You Need to Know?


--> There are lists of anonymous ftp sites available also
--> via ftp. They contain short desriptions the contens
--> of the archives. /* here some addresses? */
--> There is archie service available (telnet, 
--> login as archie) containing lists of files from about
--> 1000 sites and allowing both on-line and via e-mail
--> searches.


Other FTP Commands


  - You may transfer multiple files at the same time.  To set this
    mode, type "mget."  You then supply a file name pattern that
---->					better: pattern(s)
    the remote system understands and it tries to transfer each
    file in turn.  If your local FTP user agent cannot transform
    the remote file names into legal local file names, or if there
    are some files that must be transfered in ASCII mode and others
    that must be transfered in BINARY mode, you may not be able to
    take advantage of this facility.
----> The default usually is that ftp asks for each file if it
----> should be transfered. You can avoid that using prompt command
----> to switch it off/on. When you realise that you are transfering
----> to many or too large files you can usually stop (m)get by ^C.
----> Ftp asks for confirmation. 
----> - On UN*X machines you can suspend ftp session with ^Z and put
---->  transfer into background or examine the beginning of transmitted
---->  before it. E.g. you may look into even not fuuly transmitted .tar.Z
---->  files with: zcat file.tar.Z|tar tf -|more.
----> /* maybe this is too detailed */


The Packaging and Naming of Files


  4) uuencode/uudecode

  Transforms ASCII to binary ("uuencode") and the reverse ("uudecode")
  transformation in a standard manner.  Originally used in the UUCP
  ("Unix to Unix CoPy") mail/USENET system.  No bundling or
  compression mechanisms are used.  Naming conventions often add
  a .uu at the end of the file name.
----> /* What about xxencode and ship (see info-zip archive site, 
---->		*/


  7) arc/unarc

  Often used in IBM PC environments, these complementary programs
  provide both bundling and compression mechanisms.  The resulting
  files are always in binary format.  Files stored in this format
  often have a ".arc" filename extension.
----> /* maybe .arj should also be mentioned; there is unarj source available;
---->    I've also seen .F (freeze, unfreeze) in */


  11) Multipart shar/vms_share files

  parts of the files are usually suffixed with a part number (e.g.
  xyz.01 xyz.02 xyz.03 ... or even .01-of-05).  Collect all the
  parts, concatenate them on your local system, and then apply the
>  normal tool to the result.
<<"apply the normal tool to the result"???  Lost me>>
----> Could be: apply a tool apropriate to the xyz ending (e.g. .Z).

Some oeprating systems can not handle multiple periods; in such cases 
----> operating
they are often replaced by hyphen ( - ), underscore ( _ ), or by



Rafal Maszkowski,,, rzm@pltumk11
           NCU BBS (+48 56 14252, N81, MNP5, 2400) Sysop