Long time no command line FTP.
Today I had to transfer 700Mb from one server to another in the same data center. SSH in to server #1 to grab the files from server #2 – but “a” wasn’t working as an answer to mget (multiple get) as it usually does – meaning “get all”: each file needed an individual yes/no answer a the command line to confirm that I really did want to download it.
I really didn’t fancy having to watch/wait/click as 1400 files got copied over.
Easy answer: type “prompt” in your ftp shell to toggle the prompting on and off.
Job done and all files sent over in a jiffy – without having to do a 4,000 km round trip to my desktop or further stuffing my internet connection.