File downloading with FTP and Lynx in UBmail
This is a summary on how to use FTP and Lynx in UBmail to download files from the Internet.
Log as usual in UBmail. You will be working at the $ prompt only.
- type ftp followed by the ftp address you are trying to download from. For example to download from ftp5.netscape.com type at the $ prompt:
- you will be prompted to enter an user name, answer: anonymous
- you will be prompted by a password, aswer with your e-mail address, like firstname.lastname@example.org
- you will receive a guest login message.
- to change to a given directory use cd dirname. For example to go to the directory 2.0/windows type cd 2.0/windows/
- to see a directory of the files type: ls
- to download a binary file (a program) type first: I and wait for the FTP> prompt, after a message like Type set to I.
- finally use the command get fname. For example if you wanted to download the file n16e20.exe (the 16 bit version of the Netscape Navigator)you would type: get n16e20.exe
- to close the connection and exit FTP type: Exit
- Type Lynx http://pageadr.html , where pageadr is the address of the page you wish to go to download a file.
- Press the right arrow in a link to download a software and you will see this message: This file cannot be displayed on this terminal: D)ownload, or C)ancel -- select D to download the software. After a while you will be prompted where to save the file. Select Save to disk, press enter at Enter a filename: fnname and the file will be saved in your UBmail account.
- For example, if you see a link to twsk21f.zip (the trumpet winsock for Windows 3.1) just press the right arrow and after the message type D to start the download, wait for the prompt save to disk, and press enter at the prompt Enter a filename: twsk21f.zip
- Note: if your communications package is setup to automatically accept downloading in Kermit or Zmodem, you can also select one of the other two options, respectively:
Use Kermit to download to the local terminal (only small files).
Use Zmodem to download to the local terminal (recommended).
In both cases, you can now use your communications package to download the software from your UBmail account to your PC, using the Zmodem protocol if you logged in at 9,600 bps, or Kermit if you logged at 2,400 bps. In Zmodem (recommended) just type at the $ prompt sz fname (fname is the file name to download).
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