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[bug-inetutils] de facto standards: -p and passive connections

From: uzs33d
Subject: [bug-inetutils] de facto standards: -p and passive connections
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 11:02:27 +0200
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4; MultiZilla v1.4.0.4A) Gecko/20030827 Debian/1.4-3

Package: inetutils-ftp
Version: 1.4.2
Severity: normal

I'm firewalled. After updating the system and having inetutils-ftp
installed, all our ftp scripts stopped working and we were puzzled.
We need to initiate passive ftp connections, and our scripts did this by calling "ftp -p ...". Inetutils-ftp accepts the -p switch, so we didn't get a error message, but it uses this -p swith for setting the ftp command line prompt, a relatively unimportant feature in my opinion.

I think you can pretty much say that -p is the de facto standard option for initiating a passive connection for ftp programs. I would like to urge you to

1) add at least some switch for initiating passive connections other than at the ftp prompt, as this makes scripting much easier.

2) please consider using "-p" for this switch, as this increases compatibility and is a pseudo-standard for ftp programs.


Josh Buhl

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