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ASCII-XFR(1)               Linux Users Manual               ASCII-XFR(1)

NAME         top

       ascii-xfr - upload/download files using the ASCII protocol

SYNOPSIS         top

       ascii-xfr -s|-r [-ednv] [-l linedelay] [-c characterdelay]

DESCRIPTION         top

       Ascii-xfr Transfers files in ASCII mode. This means no flow
       control, no checksumming and no file-name negotiation. It should
       only be used if the remote system doesn't understand anything

       The ASCII protocol transfers files line-by-line. The EOL (End-Of-
       Line) character is transmitted as CRLF. When receiving, the CR
       character is stripped from the incoming file.  The Control-Z
       (ASCII 26) character signals End-Of-File, if option -e is
       specified (unless you change it to Control-D (ASCII 4) with -d).

       Ascii-xfr reads from stdin when receiving, and sends data on
       stdout when sending. Some form of input or output redirection to
       the modem device is thus needed when downloading or uploading,

OPTIONS         top

       -s     Send a file.

       -r     Receive a file. One of -s or -r must be present.

       -e     Send the End-Of-File character (Control-Z, ASCII 26 by
              default) when uploading has finished.

       -d     Use the Control-D (ASCII 4) as End-Of-File character.

       -n     Do not translate CR to CRLF and vice versa.

       -v     Verbose: show transfer statistics on the stderr output.

       -l milliseconds
              When transmitting, pause for this delay after each line.

       -c milliseconds
              When transmitting, pause for this delay after each

       file   Name of the file to send or receive. When receiving, any
              existing file by this name will be truncated.


       If you want to call this program from minicom(1), start minicom
       and go to the Options menu. Select File transfer protocols.  Add
       the following lines, for example as protocols I and J.

       I  Ascii    /usr/bin/ascii-xfr -sv   Y   U   N   Y
       J  Ascii    /usr/bin/ascii-xfr -rv   Y   D   N   Y

AUTHOR         top

       Miquel van Smoorenburg,
       Jukka Lahtinen,

SEE ALSO         top


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                      $Date: 2006-10-28 14:35:59 $          ASCII-XFR(1)