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FTP (JH)

Not surprisingly, the Internet offers the universe's largest collection of software, available for download by a process known as FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol, a set of rules dating back to the early days of the Internet. You can use FTP to download (and upload) files from thousands of sites all around the Internet, many of them universities, which make software libraries available to the general public.

Accessing and Navigating FTP Sites

You can access public FTP sites on which you have no account by means of anonymous FTP—give “anonymous” as your user name and your e-mail address as your password. Then just supply the URL—the host name and the path to the file you're seeking. If you're not allowed in, try this trick: Use “anonymous” for your user name and the “at” sign (@) for your e-mail address.


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