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ftpgrab is a utility for maintaining FTP mirrors. In fact not unlike the "Mirror" perl program. However ftpgrab is oriented towards the smaller site which doesn't have the resources to mirror entire version trees of software.

The primary "plus point" of ftpgrab is that it can base download decisions by parsing version numbers out of filenames. For example, ftpgrab will recognize that the file "linux-2.2.2.tar.gz" is newer than "linux-2.2.1.tar.gz" based on the version string. It will then download the new version and delete the old one when it is done, thus saving you mirroring 10 kernel versions all at >10Mb each.

Package version:0.1.5-3


This is ftpgrab v0.1.5
Author: Chris Evans, <>, who is at pains to point out
that this 10 year old code is not indicative of the quality of my more recent
work :)

ftpgrab is distributed under the GPLv2 license.

What does ftpgrab do

ftpgrab is a utility for maintaining FTP mirrors. In fact not unlike the
"Mirror" perl program. However ftpgrab is oriented


ftpgrab for Debian

ftpgrab is consired ALPHA software by the author, allthough the examples
supplied seem to be working. 

Citing Chris Evans <>:

  OK, I can add an option to output what it is doing to screen in the next

  OK, I will add an option to specify a diffent rc filename in the next
  release (and probably change the default to


[NOTE: Allegedly, kernel 2.0.37pre12 includes the fix]


Thanks for reading this. You'll be pleased you did, if you have a version 2.0
Linux kernel! Up to and including kernel 2.0.37pre10 seem to have a bug with
multithreaded programs under certain conditions.

This is important because as of ftpgrab-0.0.5a, ftpgrab uses the pthreads
threading library to achieve concurrent downloads.

The kern


I have a report that g++ version 2.7 fails to compile ftpgrab. AFAIK,
exception support in gcc 2.7 w


Here is the list of command line options supported by "ftpgrab".

-h             Display usage


FTPGRAB(1)             Debian GNU/Linux manual            FTPGRAB(1)

       ftpgrab - a file


ftpgrab (0.1.5-3) unstable; urgency=low

  * apply patch from Matthias Klose to fix build failure wi


0.0.3a - first public release

- New "DESIGN" file
- Bugfix: check return code from write()
- Bugfix

Browse inside ftpgrab_0.1.5-3_mips.deb

         [DIR]DEBIAN/ (2)  65535+ mirrors
         [DIR]usr/ (2)  65535+ mirrors

Download ftpgrab_0.1.5-3_mips.deb

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