FTP lacking file name completion on 9.04

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at googlemail.com
Sat Feb 6 15:36:39 UTC 2010

On Sat, 06 Feb 2010 16:50:46 +0200
Tero Pesonen <ubuntu-users at tpesonen.net> uttered these words:

> Hi!
> I just noticed that the FTP command on my 9.04 will not complete
> filenames (i.e. by pressing TAB, similar to bash.) On my old SUSE box,
> FTP does this, making downloading files with long names, hidden behind
> long paths composed of long and complex directory names, much easier
> and faster. The man page offers no help. It does talk about filename
> globbing (disabled by -g), but I don't know what that means -- my
> dictionary knows no such verb as "to glob."
> Can I turn filename completion on somehow, or do I need to recompile
> FTP with this feature enabled?
> Thanks for any ideas!
> Tero Pesonen


I can't help you about filename completion, but I can about globbing.

A brief but full explanation of globbing can be found at:


However, glob is an old Unix command which allows you to search for a
pattern in coding, as in "use the glob *.log to match all those log

Many Unix shells incorporate globbing as does the Windows Powershell.

Graham Todd

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