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gnupload and ncftpput

From: Karl Berry
Subject: gnupload and ncftpput
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:54:38 -0500

Hi Ralf and everyone,

I received a suggestion to mention gnupload in the GNU maintainers
manual, since it's the easiest way (that I know of, anyway) to upload
files to and

However, there is one issue I felt should be mentioned to do so: the
dependency on ncftpput.  Personally, I don't have ncftp installed on all
the myriad machines I upload from, and I don't really want to depend on
it, either.  So (a long time) I wrote a shell script that uses
plain-old-ftp (BSD-based, like the one in GNU inetutils) to do the same
job with the same interface, which I simply name ncftpput in my PATH.
It's attached.

So, I guess my questions are:
1) do you have any interest in eliminating the dependency on ncftpput?
2) do you have any interest in including this ncftpput-replacement
   somewhere, somehow?

Probably most maintainers do have ncftpput; in any case, it's hardly
critical.  I suppose I could put the script in, say, the gnustandards
repository, or maybe gnulib, and people who want it could get it.
I am not exactly sure of the best way to proceed.

(I see I used a bash-ism in my script, and I did not attempt to make
perfectly robust, etc., but that could all be solved if there is
a need.)

Thoughts, reactions?


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