Automating FTP file transfers
bhicking at bhicking.plus.com
Wed Nov 12 14:45:12 CET 2003
Firstly :-) , is there any where I can search through archived newsgroup
posts so I am not cluttering up the newsgroup with repeated queries ?
And secondly :-), I know this has probably been discussed before but.
I am wanting to do some scripting to automate a few administration tasks,
one of the first tasks is automating FTP file transfers.
I would like to know if the following could be made more robust using python
and its FTP libraries rather than executing native OS commands in a shell
Basically I need to...
1. Check on the local system for new files in a specific directory
If new files exist then...
2. Connect to a remote FTP server.
3. Transfer local files to a specific directory on the remote FTP server.
4. Then remove/archive local files and end session.
This is critical operation and though while in the past I have written DOS
scripts etc. to do simple tasks I have not needed to check for errors as
they weren't absolutely critical tasks. I am going to need to run this
overnight using AT or CRON then I need to know about file transfer errors
etc. and other problems that f I were actually performing the FTP transfer
manually I would get feedback of the problem and could re-try the operation.
Any help would be very appreciated.
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