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FTP User Interface and User Commands
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Command-Line and Graphical FTP Interfaces
Traditionally, FTP clients have used
a command-line interface. In this familiar arrangement, an FTP
client is invoked and the user is automatically asked for a user name
and password to establish an FTP session. Then, the user is presented
with a command prompt, at which they can type various FTP commands to
perform different functions. Text responses from the server are displayed
to the user to indicate the results of various commands. Normally, the
internal protocol commands (such as PASV and STOR) sent
by the client are suppressed to avoid screen clutter but
can be enabled in a debug mode.
Command-line utilities are efficient
but some folks don't care for them. They are rather old school
in the context of modern graphical operating systems and applications.
Thus, there are also now many FTP clients that are graphical in nature.
They allow actions to be performed arguably even more quickly, by clicking
on buttons instead of typing commands. Some allow files to be transferred
by dragging and dropping from a local file system display
to one on a remote server. These make FTP even easier to use.
Key Concept: The FTP user interface is the component on the FTP client that acts as an intermediary between the human user and the FTP software. The existence of the user interface allows FTP to be used in a friendly manner without requiring knowledge of FTPs internal protocol commands. Most FTP software uses either a command-line interface that understands English-like user commands, or a graphical interface, where mouse clicks and other graphical operations are translated into FTP commands.
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