ftplib with unknown file names

Jeremy Jones zanesdad at bellsouth.net
Mon Jan 10 19:13:37 CET 2005

rbt wrote:

> How can I use ftplib to retrieve files when I do not know their names? 
> I can do this to get a listing of the directory's contents:
> ftp_server.retrlines('LIST')
> The output from this goes to the console and I can't figure out how to 
> turn that into something I can use to actually get the files (like a 
> list of file names). I read a bit about the callback function that can 
> be passed to retrlines but I couldn't figure out how to use it.
> Any help is appreciated.
> Thanks!

<ftp object>.nlst(argument) will return a list of file names.  Here are 
the docs for the nlst command:



Jeremy Jones

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