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FTP Transfer in PuTTy

I am trying to transfer a 1.1GB file from one of my servers to one of my servers in another data center.

What command would I use inside PuTTy to transfer the file via FTP, not SFTP.


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wget -> wput ?

or put or mput (multiple files)

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How to install wput ?

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What's wrong with scp? (assuming you have an account on each server)

On destination server, in destination directory:

scp .

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Originally Posted by cedced View Post
How to install wput ?
PHP Code:
tar -xvzf wput-0.6.1.tgz
cd wput
make install

Wput installedSee 'wput -h' or 'man wput' for usage information.
Further documentation is located in the doc/USAGE.* files.

Wput is not perfectso please report any bugs you notice (see BUGS-section
in the manpage
PHP Code:
wput  --help

wput [options] [file]... [url]...
url        ftp://[username[:password]@]hostname[:port][/[path/][file]]

V, --version         Display the version of wput and exit.
h, --help            Print this help-screen
-b, --background      go to background after startup

and input file:
o,  --output-file=FILE      log messages to FILE
-a,  --append-output=FILE    append log messages to FILE
-q,  --quiet                 quiet (no output)
v,  --verbose               be verbose
-d,  --debug                 debug output
-nv, --less-verbose          be less verbose
-i,  --input-file=FILE       read the URLs from FILE
-s,  --sort                  sorts all input URLs by server-ip and path
--basename=PATH         snip PATH off each file when appendig to an URL
-I,  --input-pipe=COMMAND    take the output of COMMAND as data-source
-R,  --remove-source-files   unlink files upon successful upload

bind-address=ADDR     bind to ADDR (hostname or IPon local host
-t,  --tries=NUMBER          set retry count to NUMBER (-1 means infinite)
nc, --dont-continue         do not resume partially-uploaded files
-u,  --reupload              do not skip already completed files
--skip-larger           do not upload files if remote size is larger
--skip-existing         do not upload files that exist remotely
-N,  --timestamping          don't re-upload files unless newer than remote
  -T,  --timeout=10th-SECONDS  set various timeouts to 10th-SECONDS
  -w,  --wait=10th-SECONDS     wait 10th-SECONDS between uploads. (default: 0)
       --random-wait           wait from 0...2*WAIT secs between uploads.
       --waitretry=SECONDS     wait SECONDS between retries of an upload
  -l,  --limit-rate=RATE       limit upload rate to RATE
  -nd, --no-directories        do not create any directories
  -Y,  --proxy=http/socks/off  set proxy type or turn off
       --proxy-user=NAME       set the proxy-username to NAME
       --proxy-pass=PASS       set the proxy-password to PASS

  -p,  --port-mode             no-passive, turn on port mode ftp (def. pasv)
  -A,  --ascii                 force ASCII  mode-transfer
  -B,  --binary                force BINARY mode-transfer

See wput(1) for more detailed descriptions of the options.
Report bugs and suggestions via SourceForge at 

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Easiest is SFTP if you have SSH access. FTP would work the same but an example....:

Say your filename is kevin.txt. Now..go to the directory of the file...
kevin@solaptop:~$ sftp
Connecting to
sftp> put kevin.txt
Uploading test to /usr/home/admin/kevin.txt
kevin.txt                                                                                       100%    0     0.0KB/s   00:00    
Best of luck!

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Join Date: Apr 2007
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AHN-Jay, If you want to transfer a file to another server using FTP, use the ftp command:

PHP Code:
Connected to my (
220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [TLS] ----------
220-You are user number 1 of 50 allowed.
220-Local time is now 23:59. Server port21.
220 You will be disconnected after 15 minutes of inactivity
Name ( my_username
331 User my_username OK
Password required
230-User my_username has group access to:  my_username
230 OK
Current restricted directory is /
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftpput somefile.tar.gz 

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Thanks for the replies. I used wput to transfer the file.

Thanks again.

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rsync -avz e -ssh /local/path/file

Fast, easy. I do it daily.

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