ftp vs http vs scp

From: Patrick Finnegan <pat_at_computer-refuge.org>
Date: Fri May 28 08:53:10 2004

On Friday 28 May 2004 03:53, der Mouse wrote:
> HTTP can do the same only to a point.

Since you seem to be in love with classic protocols, how about this...
at least for non-anonymous transfers, you could just use kermit to
transfer the file over an ssh connection. that'll handle all of your
ftp "corner cases" that http doesn't support (btw, most http servers do
support resuming file transfers these days), and adds functionality. I
don't think even ftp supports some things like changing filesystem
ACLs, or changing your password on the server, for instance.

For anonymous transfers, the only thing I can see you'd want that http
doesn't provide (assuming a server and client that support resuming) is
transferring multiple files over a single TCP connection (I don't care
about), or transfering record-mode files from something like VMS (shove
them in an archive format that survives bit-mode transfers).

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