If you're like me, you probably use ftp every day but have never read the man page. I wish I had though, because it reveals the netrc(5) file for automating logins, and even simple macros.
machine ftp.machine.com login ianw password password macdef upload cd /public_html/a/dir lcd /var/www/a/dir mput blah.txt machine ftp.machine2.com ...
Actually, I only found out about this because the Python ftplib code mentions it. So you can do something like
from ftplib import FTP from netrc import netrc (username,account,password) = netrc().authenticators('ftp.machine.org') ftp = FTP('ftp.machine.org') ftp.set_debuglevel(2) ftp.login(username, password)
It's always nifty re-discovering something that has been around since the dawn of time_t!