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Understanding the Internet: A Clear Guide to Internet Technologies by Keith Sutherland

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Chapter 5

FTP (File TransferProtocol)

Moving Data Around the World

In the early days of the Internet users had two main requirements: electronic mail and file transfer. Today, these two activities still account for a major proportion of Internet use.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) was the original method by which files could be transferred from one computer to the other. Traditionally, FTP used a command line interface. This type of interface is familiar to DOS or UNIX users.1 Now most FTP systems hide the command line interface behind some sort of “easy-to-use” graphical interface. Whichever method your system uses, the principles are the same.

If your company wants to transfer large programs or data files from one site to another it will be ...

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