ftp and python

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Thu Apr 8 15:49:23 CEST 2010

Simon wrote:
> You could user FTP.voidcmd()
> E.G.
> ftp.voidcmd('RNFT filename.txt')ftp.voidcmd('RNTO newdir/filename.txt')
>>From the rfc:
>    This command specifies the old pathname of the file which is
>    to be renamed.  This command must be immediately followed by
>    a "rename to" command specifying the new file pathname.
>    This command specifies the new pathname of the file
>    specified in the immediately preceding "rename from"
>    command.  Together the two commands cause a file to be
>    renamed.

As mentioned in my original reply, that should be what 
ftplib.FTP.rename() does under the covers[1].  However, the OP 
was asking about copying a file, not renaming a file.

John mentioned the poorly-supported "server-to-server copy", but 
from my understanding, I think that still slurps locally and then 
pushes it back up elsewhere.


taken from ftplib.py:

     def rename(self, fromname, toname):
         '''Rename a file.'''
         resp = self.sendcmd('RNFR ' + fromname)
         if resp[0] != '3':
             raise error_reply, resp
         return self.voidcmd('RNTO ' + toname)

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