[Tutor] FTP from mainframe

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Fri Jul 30 08:35:31 CEST 2010

"Christian Witts" <cwitts at compuscan.co.za> wrote

> When I'm retrieving items I use retrbinary for eg.

The only issue with that is that if this is a real big-iron mainframe
then ftp can translate EBCDIC to ASCII during the transfer whereas
binary will, I think, bring the original file across untranslated.
So you would have the extra decoding step to do manually.
But binary transfer does simplify the transfer process.

But if its not an EBCDIC machine then I'd definitely consider
binary transfer for ftp.

Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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