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3.1 What are FTP sites?




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This article is from the Quotations FAQ, by Sir Hans dok@fwi.uva.nl Jason Newquist jrnewquist@ucdavis.edu with numerous contributions by others.

3.1 What are FTP sites?


The night sky over the planet Krikkit is the least
interesting sight in the entire Universe.
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"Life, the Universe, and Everything" (1982)

FTP is ``file transfer protocol''. It is a very commonly used way
of moving information from one computer on the internet to another. An
``FTP site'' is a computer that accomodates file transfer protocol. In
one way of thinking, there are two kinds of FTP sites. The less useful
of the two requires that you have an account set up with the facility
which manages the site. The more useful allows anyone to gain access
to a region of the computer. These are referred to by the term
``anonymous FTP sites'' and, in internet parlance, things which a user
can gain access to on these sites are said to be ``available via
anonymous FTP''.
How does one gain access? I could go into rigorous detail, but
that will take too much space. I refer you to one of the several on-
line guides to the internet which explain these matters in depth.

 

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