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1. Internet Applications: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) 2. Data transfer before Internet Magnetic media like tapes and disks: An application transferred data on magnetic media The medium was physically moved from one computer to another; Drawback: SLOW Fax: Use the telephone lines; A fax machine consists of a printer, a scanner, a dial-up modem, and a dedicated computer; Drawbacks: requires a dedicated machine and a fax transmission is as expensive as a phone conversation. 3. The Internet can be used to transfer data Benefits: Efficient: Internet is designed for sending digital data; Less expensive than fax: Internet access is billed a flat rate; Can transfer more types of data than fax, includingaudio and video. 4. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) A general-purpose protocol that can be used to copy an arbitrary file from one computer to another; one of the oldest network application---predates TCP and IP; Later versions were built on top of TCP/IP; Among the most heavily used applications: FTP generated as much as 1/3 of the traffic on the Internet Was exceeded only by WWW(in 1995). 5. Issues in designing FTP Must transfer an arbitrary file (size, name,..) Must accommodate multiple file types; Must connect heterogeneous computers. May have to deal with different: Data encodings; File names; File protections; 6. FTP Commands FTP is an interactive protocol: it responds to each command a user enters; signals when it is ready to execute another command; Examples of FTP commands: Open---connect to a remote computer; Get---retrieve a file from the remote computer; Put---sends a file to the remote computer; Bye---terminate the connection and leave FTP. 7. Transfer Modes FTP defines two types of transfer: textualand binary; Textual: is used for text files; most textfiles are encoded in ASCII or EBCDIC ftp can translate from the local to remote character set when transferring a file; Binary: used for all other files (audio, image, numbers, ) Files are copied exactly; The resulting copy might be meaningless because FTP does not convert values to the local representation; 8. Connections, authorizations and file permissions The remote system has to verify that the user is authorized to access files: The user has to provide a login name and a password; If the user is authorized he/she may start transferring files; What if the user does not have an account? System administrator can configure FTP to support anonymous FTP; Login name anonymous and password guest (or e-mail address) allows a user access to public files. 9. A browser can use FTPA WWW browser can be used to FTPinstead of a dedicatedinterface; A browser uses FTP as the transfer protocol, when the URL starts with ftp (instead of http) EX: --- instructsthe browser to get file as7656/temp from --- displays all files in the directory as7656 10. FTP uses the client-server paradigm: Local application (or browser) is the client Remote FTP program is the server; The FTP server authorizes the connection, locates the file, anduses TCP to send it.


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