FTP for DOS 6.22

Microsoft Upg-vc msdos 6.22
August 13, 2009 at 14:18:34
Specs: DOS 6.22
I have an old DOS machine running DOS 6.22 and want to transfer some files to a server using FTP, however, I can't find FTP in the directory. Where can I get a copy to run in this version of DOS and what commands are necessary to complete a file transfer?

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#1
August 13, 2009 at 14:36:33
FTP was not native for MS-DOS 6.x or earlier (though there were some 3rd party FTP clients). If the machine is 386 or better, you'd likely do better by installing Windows for Workgroups 3.11 or Win3.11 on top of DOS and finding a 16-bit Windows version to to transfers, such as WS-FTP LE:

ftp://files.chatnfiles.com/WinSitedotcom/winsite-march-96-3-of-4/WIN3/WINSOCK/WS_FTP.ZIP

The only DOS-based browser/FTP client I ever had much success with was Nettamer (and there are versions for 8088/286/386 CPU's):

http://www.nettamer.net/

plus you need to use most "standard" FTP commands to transfer:

http://www.sharpened.net/resources/...


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#2
August 13, 2009 at 22:06:12
Waterloo TCP has FTP capabilities:

http://www.smashco.com/wattcp.asp

Alos Arachne Web Browser has an FTP add-on..........

http://www.glennmcc.org/


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#3
August 14, 2009 at 13:03:15
Seems to me I used to use kermit and zmodem. Might be still supported on servers.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
August 14, 2009 at 13:18:33
What about booting with a knoppix CD and using ftp on it to upload the files?



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#5
August 14, 2009 at 14:40:16
"What about booting with a knoppix CD and using ftp on it to upload the files?"

Thought the same thing myself at first, but when I saw "old DOS machine running DOS 6.22" I figured that it probably couldn't handle it...though DSL (Linux) might work if it's 486 class...


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#6
August 14, 2009 at 15:12:07
http://www.toms.net/rb/ ought to work.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#7
August 17, 2009 at 08:38:05
The Knoppix cd sound interesting. However, my application is a ongoing file transfer rather that a one time transfer. Would it work foor that? My machine is a Compaq deskpro with a Pentium II processor and a CD drive. It is an engineering station that is an interface to a operator control station for an industrial measurement and control system. It is also used to collect data from the control system via a local network and transfer it to a windows server via an industrial ethernet network via a 3c90x NDIS 2.01 network driver running TCPIP. The system has worked well until recently. Increased network traffic appears to be causing problems that are reported as "unable to create directory" and locks up the machine causing us to lose data. It was recommend by our IT department to use FTP to overcome this issue but we have tried running Windows on the machine in the past and the application is not compatible. Would knoppix help here? Or what would you suggest?

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#8
August 17, 2009 at 10:49:18
Thought the same thing myself at first, but when I saw "old DOS machine running DOS 6.22" I figured that it probably couldn't handle it...though DSL (Linux) might work if it's 486 class...

While I haven't tried it myself on a FAT16 partition, I do know knoppix reads FAT32. I suspect it will read FAT16 as well and considering the amount of time and energy you'd have to invest in trying it (ie: download knoppix, burn it to CD, boot to it and see) and the money you'd have to invest (cost of one blank CD) it's got to be worth trying it

The Knoppix cd sound interesting. However, my application is a ongoing file transfer rather that a one time transfer. Would it work foor that?

If knoppix can indeed read a FAT16 partition then yes, it will work this way as well. As long as you don't shut the machine down. If you know your way around linux, you could write a little script to do your transfers, save it to the PC's hard drive and then even if you power the unit off, as soon as it reloads into knoppix, you just run your script again.

Increased network traffic appears to be causing problems that are reported as "unable to create directory" and locks up the machine causing us to lose data. It was recommend by our IT department to use FTP to overcome this issue but we have tried running Windows on the machine in the past and the application is not compatible. Would knoppix help here? Or what would you suggest?

Hmmm...........I'm not sure how increased network usage could cause it to be "unable to create directory". If you're using switches and not hubs in your environment it's not like you're suffering from broadcast storms or extreme numbers of collisions.

If you have to run the app in DOS 6.x then no, it's not likely you'll be able to run it under knoppix. I misunderstood that you needed to run an app and have it continuously transfer files. I thought you were talking about a one shot transfer type thing (looking back at your original post, that's exactly how it sounds) so knoppix may not be your solution.

However, you do have to start thinking about getting some new software to do whatever it is you're doing on that old DOS machine. As you can see, it's getting harder and harder to get your old software to work anymore and the day is not far away when it won't anymore...............period. So it's definitely time to look at upgrading the software.


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#9
August 17, 2009 at 15:29:58
"but we have tried running Windows on the machine in the past and the application is not compatible."

I'm going to assume by that that you mean the application for the operator interface/data collection-transfer isn't compatible under Windows...

Just curious, which version of Windows have you tried to run it under? And how much memory is still available once you've loaded the application and the network drivers?


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