New scriptable secure FTP client available for UNIX

New scriptable secure FTP client available for UNIX

Post by Frank da Cr » Thu, 14 Dec 2000 07:12:52



A new FTP client is available for UNIX:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ftpclient

It offers the following features:

 . Optional Kerberos 4 and 5, SSL/TLS, and SRP security.
 . A built-in scripting language for automation.
 . Character-set translation, including Unicode.
 . Automatic text/binary mode switching (PUT/MPUT only).
 . Flexible file selection (sizes, dates, lists, patterns, exception lists).
 . Update and recovery modes.
 . Preservation of file permissions (Unix-to-Unix only).
 . Recursive directory-tree transfers, even across platforms.
 . File collision options (backup, rename, update, reject, etc).
 . Uses passive mode by default to minimize blockage by firewalls.
 . Friendly interactive command interface (keyword and filename menus and
   completion on demand; command recall, macros, files, and shortcuts).
 . Ability to specify a complete session on the shell command line, or by
   an FTP URL, without using scripts, interactive commands, or command files.
 . Configurable logging, debugging, and feedback options.

The new FTP client is called C-Kermit 7.1:

  http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ck71.html

Yes, it's the same C-Kermit program that makes serial and Telnet connections
-- now it can make FTP connections too.  And for that matter also Rlogin and
HTTP (and on some platforms X.25)...

It has been built and tested successfully so far on various releases of
Linux (Red Hat, Slackware, Suse, Debian), FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, AIX,
HP-UX, IRIX, Solaris, SunOS, QNX, SINIX, Unixware, SCO OSR5, Tru64, NeXT,
DG/UX, SV/68, SV/88, and even 4.3BSD on the VAX, and should be buildable and
usable on any other version of UNIX that has a C compiler and a sockets
library.

This not a final release -- it's the first Alpha-test release.  If you have
trouble with it, questions, or comments, send them to:


Frank da Cruz
The Kermit Project
Columbia University