ftp archives disappearing?

der Mouse mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Tue Mar 13 10:57:29 CDT 2007


>> FTP has been deprecated.

By whom?  Since when?

>> HTTP is a much better protocol for file transfers, apart from things
>> that should never be done during transfer like CR<>CRLF or character
>> set swaps.

Say what?  I don't know what you've been smoking, but it's obviously
the good stuff.

Line ending conversion and character set conversion are *exactly* the
sort of things that need doing upon file transfer between heterogenous
systems.  One of FTP's major advantages is that it is prepared to
handle such things.

More generally, it was designed for file transfer rather than hypertext
transport (as reflected in the protocol names), and, oddly enough, it
works better for the purpose, including things like restarts and
preservation of file structure more complicated than "big array of
octets" or "big array of lines of text".

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