[R] R as ftp client ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Aug 4 11:08:57 CEST 2003

On Mon, 4 Aug 2003, Marc Mamin wrote:

> Hallo,
> I want to open an ftp connection (with login and pwd),
> and then to retrieve the file list and the files'content of a given
> directory.
> Is this possible with R (on W2K)?

Not a file list: the internal ftp client does not support that. You can 
get a file by a ftp://user:pass@machine/path/to/file URL.

You can use download.file(method="wget") to do this: a suitable copy of 
wget.exe is at http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/Rtools.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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