FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a two-step process with shell accounts. You must first launch an FTP session at the UNIX prompt, enter the address of the FTP host, find the file, and transfer it to your Internet provider's host server. Then you will need to copy the file from the host server to your local computer. This second step is necessary because your shell account connection is not direct to the Internet route system. Since the shell account makes your computer a terminal on the provider's host server, the FTP system doesn't know your computer exists. It will transfer the file only as far as your provider's server, knowing that exists. It is then up to you to manually copy the file from the host server to your hard drive with Z-modem protocol. For more information on using FTP through UNIX shell accounts, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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