File Transfer and Remote Logon: The
ftp and telnet Commands
Transferring Files to PC/Windows
The ftp (file transfer protocol) command is not a Unix command per se, but rather a file transfer
command that can be run from any of the laboratory computers over the Internet. Use ftp if you wish to
transfer a file from one of the workstations to a PC for editing or plotting. The ftp command is
particularly handy for files that are too large to move to the PCs using diskettes. Follow these steps:
To copy a file from a Unix workstation to a PC
1. Go to the PC where you would like to use the file.
2. Exit Windows, if it is running.
3. Use the cd command to change to the directory where you would like to copy the file, c: root is
4. Type the command: ftp reunion.grg.utexas.edu [enter] Substitute the name of the workstation
you use for "reunion.grg.utexas.edu.
5. Follow the prompts to logon to your account on the workstation.
6. When you are logged on, you can use the ls command to get a listing of files on the workstation
if you have forgotten which one you wish to copy.
7. Type: binary [enter]
8. Type: get austin.dgn [enter] This would get the file austin.dgn and copy it to the PC.
9. Get as many files as you need.
10. When you finished, type: quit [enter] This will end ftp and return you to the DOS prompt
Note: If you are in ftp and get lost, type ? for a list of commands, or type quit [enter] to exit and start
To Copy a File from a PC to a Unix Workstation
Follow the same ten steps as above. At step 7, substitute "put" for "get." Put and get are inverse
Remote Logon to Any Computer: telnet
You can use the Internet to logon to any remote computer you have permission to use. There are
a variety of commands for making this possible, telnet being the one most commonly employed.
1. From PCs and Workstations
Note: To end a telnet or tn3270 session, type logout.
- telnet amana.grg.utexas.edu
- Allows you to logon to an account on amana. Once you are logged on you can use amana,
except graphics applications that need amana's screen won't work from a PC.
- telnet utcat
- Allows you to access the General Libraries' utcat
- tn3270 utxvm.cc.utexas.edu
- Allows you to logon to the Computation Center's utxvm computer if you have an account there.
This is an IBM mainframe for which you need to use a variant of the telnet command, tn3270.
- telnet stis.nsf.gov
- Allows you to logon as "public" to a computer at the headquarters of the National Science
Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, to look at program announcements and awards.
There are thousands of computers on the Internet that allow you to access them to use public files. All you
need to know are their addresses and access procedure. If you wish to transfer a file from these
computers, use the ftp command.
2. On the UNIX Workstations
On the workstations, apart from telnet and tn3270, there are variety of other options for remote
logins including the visit and rlogin commands. On the Intergraph workstations, the visit command is
available from the workstation icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
Converted on 20 July 1994. KEF.