Thursday, May 29, 2003 07:56 AM
I think (?) most ftp servers and clients can send and receive multiple files in a single directory via wildcards, but cannot recursively send or receive files in subdirectories, not unless you explicitly name each one? and I think (?) you might have to manually make the subdir first, on the target machine? e.g. I don't think (?) the ftp protocol covers automatically fetching and creating a whole directory in one step; I think (?) you have to first create the directory, and then fetch the files in it.
Some nicer servers (e.g. wu-ftpd) provide extended features, like automatically tar and gzip on the fly, e.g. if you GET a name like "subdir.tar.gz", it will run through "subdir" and make the gzipped tarball on the fly, for you (without having to store the tarball).