Weird ncftp Issue?

Tony Baechler tony at
Mon Mar 7 11:37:27 UTC 2016

I agree with Tim. It's probably not the operating system or pure-ftpd. I've 
had very good luck with pure-ftpd here and lots of people had no problem 
downloading. It could be a passive mode issue or something in how pure-ftpd 
is configured, but I suggest rsync. It's a lot more secure, gives you much 
greater control and can be substantially faster, depending on the files. You 
could try other ftp clients, but ftp is not secure unless you're using ftps 
and I would very strongly recommend against it nowadays. Besides, ftp wastes 
a lot of extra bandwidth. I use rsync often to push files to various servers 
and I've never had a problem with it. It has a ton of command line switches, 
but this should work:

rsync -av chime at* .

That downloads everything from your remote home directory to your current 
local directory. It uses ssh by default and preserves file perms, times and 
ownership. Tim is wrong in that rsync doesn't support telnet. It does 
support rsh, but again, I would strongly recommend using ssh for security.

On 3/6/2016 4:31 PM, Hart Larry wrote:
> Wow, I've never seen this one. I prefer ncftp as it has a switch to delete
> items as they are successful. Well, trying to grab larger items from
> Shellworld down to the hard-drive, I grab useing a wild-card. But just as
> the first file gets down to 1second remaining, it stalls, no matter which
> extention I try. Looking at the running process on Shellworld, its "pure
> ftp" Can some1 please suggest anyway of diagnosing this. I am running
> Debian, mostly sid and Shellworld is I think Ubunto.
> Hart
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