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Once you have ange-ftp installed, you never need worry about using
FTP again. The interface is completely transparent, and you may now use
Emacs commands such as `C-x C-f' (`find-file') on *any* file that your
local host (or, if you are using one) your gateway can access. That
file may be a regular file (for editing, viewing etc.), a directory
(for invoking Dired) or even a symbolic link (pointing to a directory
or a regular file). All it takes is an extended filename syntax. For
example, if you give the filename
to `find-file', then ange-ftp will spawn an FTP process, connect to the
host `anorman' as user `ange', get the file `/tmp/notes' and pop up a
buffer containing the contents of that file as if it were on the local
filesystem. If ange-ftp needed a password to connect then it would
prompt the user in the minibuffer. From then on you can edit that file
as if it were any other file: saving is with `C-x C-s' as usual -- in
fact, everything is as usual.
Ange-ftp is also extremely useful for regular "file-transfer" FTP
jobs. Since Dired also works on remote directories when using
ange-ftp, you will be able to browse the filesystem on your favourite
archive site with consummate ease.
- Remote filenames
- The ange-ftp extended filename syntax.
- Using Dired
- Browsing directories.
- Using a .netrc
- Preventing password pestering.
- Ange-ftp commands
- Interactive commands supplied by ange-ftp.
- DL support
- For hosts using descriptive directory listings.
- Non-Unix Hosts
- Some hosts have funny filenames.
- On filenames and hostnames.
- Accessing the FTP process
- For when manual tinkering is needed.
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