rsync over ftp

Paul Slootman paul at
Wed Apr 20 09:21:49 GMT 2005

On Tue 19 Apr 2005, roger tremblay wrote:

> I would like to use rsync client over ftp. I know how to use it with ssh 
> but it just can't work with ftp or ncftp. The purpose of usign it with ftp 
> is simple: most webhosting soft. like cpanel or plesk don't monitor ssh 
> bandwidth usage. You need to monitore it in order to suspend an over-quota 
> account.
> I tried the following:
> rsync -avze '/usr/bin/ftp -nv' /tmp/testdir username at
> I dont get any result.

That will never work... ftp is a completely different protocol to rsh or
ssh, think of it as batch-oriented ("GET... <wait> PUT... <wait>")
instead of interactive.

Paul Slootman

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