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anonymous FTP

[ə‚nän·ə·məs ¦ef¦tē′pē]
(computer science)
A public FTP (file transfer protocol) site at which users can log in and download documents by entering “anonymous” as their user ID, and their e-mail address as password.

anonymous FTP

(networking)
An interactive service provided by many Internet hosts allowing any user to transfer documents, files, programs, and other archived data using File Transfer Protocol. The user logs in using the special user name "ftp" or "anonymous" and his e-mail address as password. He then has access to a special directory hierarchy containing the publically accessible files, typically in a subdirectory called "pub". This is usually a separate area from files used by local users.

A reference like

ftp: euagate.eua.ericsson.se /pub/eua/erlang/info

means that files are available by anonymous FTP from the host called euagate.eua.ericsson.se in the directory (or file) /pub/eua/erlang/info. Sometimes the hostname will be followed by an Internet address in parentheses. The directory will usually be given as a path relative to the anonymous FTP login directory. A reference to a file available by FTP may also be in the form of a URL starting "ftp:".

See also Archie, archive site, EFS, FTP by mail, World-Wide Web.

anonymous FTP

An FTP site on the Internet that contains files that can be downloaded by anyone. The anonymous FTP directory is isolated from the rest of the system and will generally not accept uploads from users.
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Bailey, Jr., "How to Search the PACS-L Message Database." Machine-readable file available via anonymous FTP from hydra.uwo.ca in the libsoft directory.
specifies that accesses relative to /csftp refer to the root directory of the anonymous FTP server ftp.cs.ucsb.edu.
File Transfer Protocol, also called ftp or anonymous ftp, is another useful tool in on-line publishing.
They include direct interaction with the WDC staff, an on-line information system called REPHLEX II, a CD-ROM using the WDC program ARS/Access, and anonymous FTP to the Internet address hydrolab.arsusda.gov.
Many of the printed sources listed in the discussion of telnet--The Whole Internet User's Guide, NUSIRG, the publications by December and Yanoff--list addresses for documents available through anonymous FTP. Obtaining the most recent update of a known document or program can be accomplished by searching an Archie server, considered in the following section.
Kehoe (author of the popular Zen and the Art of the Internet: A Beginner's Guide, which is available online) states that the use of anonymous ftp should be restricted to off-peak hours only.[7] It is courteous not to attempt anonymous ftp logins during normal business hours for the remote computer to which you desire access, especially for sites outside the U.S.
Existen muchos sitios que ofrecen archivos publicitarios o con otras intenciones que pueden ser obtenidos mediante FTP, estableciendo contacto (login) con el nombre de usuario anonimo (anonymous), por eso, estos sites son llamados "anonymous FTP servers".
For example, if an employee downloads a paper from an anonymous FTP server and then distributes it to other users, it could have a virus and infect the whole system.
Beyond the Web, the course teaches the use of Archie and anonymous ftp to find and download useful text and binary files, gopher search tools such as Veronica and Jughead to pinpoint industry-specific information, mailing lists and newsgroups to locate others with common interests, various directory services to find specific e-mail addresses, and telnet and commercial databases to access relevant research data.
The document may also be obtained via anonymous ftp from www.netlib.org/mpi/mpi-report.ps.
On the Internet, the traditional method is called anonymous FTP The "FTP" stands for "file transfer protocol," while the "anonymous" refers to the capability of some host computers of allowing anyone to log on to a remote site without needing a private account and password.
Free [Adobe.sup.TM] Reader software is available by connecting to the anonymous FTP site ftp.adobe.com to download the software.