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Copyright © 1996-2013 by Prof. Timo Salmi
Last modified Mon 4-Feb-2013 22:22:07
Since you obviously are reading this information with a browser, let's first look very briefly at this option. Only Firefox is covered, but using the other browsers for downloading files from Garbo to your computer is similar. Consider downloading INDEXTS.ZIP . Point with the mouse to the INDEXTS.ZIP link. Click the right button. Choose "Save link as" from the menu that opens, and proceed. Or double-click the link.
Consider as an example the programs by Timo Salmi. The files are in the directory /pc/ts. First log in with ftp garbo.uwasa.fi and with YourEmailAddress as your password. After getting in, at the ftp> prompt type binary (for binary files). To go to the relevant directory apply cd /pc/ts. To see its contents apply ls or dir. To download a file, use get filename or mget filenames (mget allows wildcards). The files have been packed with UNIX Zip so on MS-DOS you will need PKUNZIP.EXE or some other unzip program to unpack them on your PC.
The following gives you another example how to get (download) by ftp (file transfer program) the file index, PKZIP and a news file from Garbo to your host. In the example it is assumed that you are calling from a UNIX system.
ftp garbo.uwasa.fi #Connect to Garbo with ftp anonymous #Use this name to get temporary privileges Type (at least) the first part of your email address as your password binary #Use the binary mode for most file transfers cd /pc #Go to the MS-DOS main directory get INDEX.ZIP #Get the annotated list of MS-DOS files cd /pc/arcers #Go to the relevant directory ls -CF #See the directory contents get pk250dos.exe #Get the file to your default directory cd /pc/pd2 #Go to Garbo's general information directory ascii #Use the ASCII mode for text file transfers get news_pd2.txt #Get the selective Garbo news file close #Close the connection to Garbo quit #Quit the ftp program
You can use command line interface (CLI) scripting for the task.
Below is an example script to get the following file from Garbo
Useful NT/2000/XP script tricks and tips
@echo off & setlocal enableextensions
echo open garbo.uwasa.fi>%temp%\ftp$$$.tmp
echo literal pasv>>%temp%\ftp$$$.tmp
echo cd /pc/link>>%temp%\ftp$$$.tmp
echo lcd C:\MyLocalDownloadsFolder>>%temp%\ftp$$$.tmp
echo get tscmd.zip>>%temp%\ftp$$$.tmp
endlocal & goto :EOF
Some customization is needed. Substitute your own identity and your preferred local target download folder.
Dear Garbo User. In fact, performance is not the main issue here, but presentation. Originally FTP sites offered the FTP and sometimes to mail server options for downloading. Of these FTP is preferable, since it takes up less resources. Later, with the explosive proliferation of WWW, many sites now have this, often much more visually attractive format on the side.
To compare, try with your WWW browser, for example
Get/put files automatically by FTP (a definite must!)
Timo's instructions for using batchftp, a text file
Very convenient if the lines are busy. Batchftp is a utility by Shawn Cooper. It has been written for a BSD UNIX system. The package contains documentation. Also see the old /unix/ts/0newsu93.txt for brief instructions.
Back to WWW. A further advantage of the WWW alternative is that allows specialized arrangements. For example, try http://garbo.uwasa.fi/Astro.html
Incidentally, there is a kind of a side effect to the WWW pages development. WWW has brought on parasites (if you pardon the pun) which actually are but link collections to files that the proper sites have tested, virus checked, maintain and carry. Mostly, I do not object (since one has to live with the times), as long as they do not misrepresent themselves of being something else than WWW link services instead of shareware sites proper. Unfortunately, there have been cases of such misrepresentation, which I have good reason to suspect have been deliberate.
All the best, Timo
Date: 16 Jul 1996 07:18:42 +0300 From: ts(ät)uwasa.fi (Timo Salmi) Newsgroups: comp.archives.msdos.d Subject: Re: http vs. ftpYves Bellefeuille wrote:
No disagreement. To recount, my point was that on the current scene the WWW option seems the most modern and often is the most informative. For best efficiency, in particular if the site tends to be busy, the background ftp (batchftp) was my recommendation. That, incidentally, is the option I use myself most often. It comes down to which aspect one is interested in.
All the best, Timo
Date: 17 Jul 1996 20:55:02 +0300 From: ts(ät)uwasa.fi (Timo Salmi) Newsgroups: comp.archives.msdos.d Subject: Re: http vs. ftpPerry Rovers wrote:
Yes, I've noticed the same problem. In fact I have in the newsgroup's FAQ:
"The World Wide Web has added the possibility of getting the files from the archive sites also with the WWW browser programs. It appears that (at least with some of the browser versions) in a long session the browser gets confused and cannot get the files in the proper format. If you are experiencing such problems, exit your browser, reload it, and then try to get the target file anew."
All the best, Timo
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 1996 20:05:59 GMT From: w8sdz(ät)Simtel.Net (Keith Petersen) Newsgroups: comp.archives.msdos.d Subject: Re: http vs. ftpSome earlier versions of Trumpet Winsock caused corruption of downloaded files but that was some time ago. Version 2.1f has been out for some time and is stable.
Some earlier versions of Netscape had problems with http downloads. Recent versions (2.0 and higher) have corrected that problem. I have not had any corrupted http downloads using stable versions of Winsock and Netscape.
The trick to improving http download performance is to try a larger network buffer in Netscape. The default is 6k. Mine was set for 16k. Anyway, Netscape is seldom used any more these days.
To get files sent to you by email, please use Garbo's mail
server. To get more information write an email message to email@example.com. The subject
line of this message can be anything, e.g.
The message must contain just the following text (at the beginning of the line):
A few pointers: