[TxMt] Yummy FTP

Sune Foldager cryo at diku.dk
Tue Dec 21 19:39:25 UTC 2004

On 20. dec 2004, at 22:29, Russell E. Owen wrote:

> Jim Tittsler <jwt at OnJapan.net> wrote:
>> But seriously, encourage people to move to the current century
>> and use SFTP.  :-)
> I regretfully disagree. sftp does not support a text mode, making life
> miserable if you are going between platforms. Actually, the modern sftp
> standard *does* include a text mode, but few sftp clients and servers
> support it. Very annoying for what should be the obvious replacement 
> for
> ftp.
> Personally, I use ftp over an ssh tunnel. At worst, it takes a quick
> command in terminal to set up the tunnel, then use any ftp client. And
> some ftp clients will set up the tunnel for you.

There is also something called FTPS, which is ssl (really TLS) used 
from inside regular FTP. So it's just an extension to FTP really. It 
works along the same lines as TLS used with SMTP, so the tcp ports are 
the same, and initial connection is done unencrypted. The server then 
informs the client that it supports TLS, and they negotiate the secure 
connection before authentication.

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
.: Amor Fati :.

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