How do I run ftp in line with Msys?

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    How do I run ftp in line with Msys?

    I have been using Msys for my Unix Programming course and it works great, beats logging onto a remote machine through PuTTY to connect when I can have everything on my local computer. The only problem is I can't create shell scripts that work properly with the ftp command because it opens in a seperate window and doesn't accept any commands from the script after it is invoked. Is there a way to fix it?

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    Code:
    $ ftp -h
    
    Transfers files to and from a computer running an FTP server service
    (sometimes called a daemon). Ftp can be used interactively.
    
    FTP [-v] [-d] [-i] [-n] [-g] [-s:filename] [-a] [-w:windowsize] [-A] [host]
    
      -v             Suppresses display of remote server responses.
      -n             Suppresses auto-login upon initial connection.
      -i             Turns off interactive prompting during multiple file
                     transfers.
      -d             Enables debugging.
      -g             Disables filename globbing (see GLOB command).
      -s:filename    Specifies a text file containing FTP commands; the
                     commands will automatically run after FTP starts.
      -a             Use any local interface when binding data connection.
      -A             login as anonymous.
      -w:buffersize  Overrides the default transfer buffer size of 4096.
      host           Specifies the host name or IP address of the remote
                     host to connect to.
    
    Notes:
      - mget and mput commands take y/n/q for yes/no/quit.
      - Use Control-C to abort commands.
    Prepare a script file in your shell, then invoke FTP with that script.
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    nice. So if I wanted to write a script to work with ftp, then go back to the shell and have the script execute commands there, I would essentially write one file with all the ftp commands, then invoke in the script all that with the parameter of the file. Is there a way to pipe or redirect what's in the script as a file to ftp?

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    Msys's ftp doesn't have that option. When I try to use it it flashes the ftp but does nothing.

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    But msys ftp is just a thin wrapper around the win32 ftp program, viz
    Code:
    $ cat /bin/ftp
    #!/bin/sh
    # Copyright (C) 2002, Earnie Boyd
    #   mailto:earnie@users.sf.net
    # This file is part of Minimal SYStem.
    #   http://www.mingw.org/msys.shtml
    # File: ftp
    
    cmd //c start ftp "$@"
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    I was looking more for the unix type ftp that runs inline with the rxvt. Mainly to be compatiable when I upload it to my school home directory for turning it in.

    Edit; and it's still not working with the syntax changed
    Last edited by indigo0086; 07-11-2007 at 09:46 AM.

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