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How to Use Anonymous FTP (RFC1635)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002471D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 11 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Deutsch: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This document provides information for the novice Internet user about using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). It explains what FTP is, what anonymous FTP is, and what an anonymous FTP archive site is. It shows a sample anonymous FTP session. It also discusses common ways files are packaged for efficient storage and transmission.

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Network Working Group P. Deutsch

Request for Comments: 1635 A. Emtage

FYI: 24 Bunyip

Category: Informational A. Marine

NASA NAIC

May 1994

How to Use Anonymous FTP

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document provides information for the novice Internet user about

using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). It explains what FTP is,

what anonymous FTP is, and what an anonymous FTP archive site is. It

shows a sample anonymous FTP session. It also discusses common ways

files are packaged for efficient storage and transmission.

Acknowledgements

This document is the result of work done in the Internet Anonymous

FTP Archives (IAFA) working group of the IETF. Special thanks are

due to Mark Baushke (Cisco), John Curran (BBN), Aydin Edguer (CWRU),

Rafal Maszkowski (Onsala Space Observatory), Marsha Perrott

(PREPnet), Bob Peterson (Texas Instruments), Nathan Torkington

(Victoria University of Wellington), and Stephen Tihor (NYU) for

excellent comments and contributions.

What is FTP?

FTP refers to the File Transfer Protocol [1], one of the protocols

within the TCP/IP protocol suite used on the Internet. The File

Transfer Protocol makes it possible to transfer files from one

computer (or host) on the Internet to another. There are many FTP

implementations built on the specification of the FTP protocol. A

user of an FTP program must log in to both hosts in order to transfer

a file from one to the other.

It is common for a user with files on more than one host to use the

FTP program to transfer files from one host to another. In this

case, the user has an account on both hosts involved, so he has

passwords for both hosts.

However, Internet users may also take advantage of a wealth of

information available from archive sites by using a general purpose

account called "anonymous FTP".

What is an Archive Site?

An archive site is a host that acts as a repository of information,

much like a conventional library. Information stored on these

Internet hosts is made available for users to transfer to their local

sites. Users run software to identify this information and transfer

it to their own hosts. Such a transfer is done with a program that

implements the File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

What is Anonymous FTP?

Anonymous FTP is a means by which archive sites allow general access

to their archives of information. These sites create a special

account called "anonymous". User "anonymous" has limited access

rights to the archi...