2.3.5 File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
FTP stands for file transfer protocol. It is both a program and the method used to transfer files between computers on the Internet. Anonymous FTP is a type of FTP that lets you transfer any files from several thousand computers on the Internet to your personal computer or computer account. By using FTP the Internet becomes a huge disk drive attached to your computer. FTP sites contain book, journals, software’s, games images, sound, multimedia courseware, databases and other information available for you to transfer. There is variety of FTP programs but all woks in same way.
FTP uses Archie server. An agent who uses normal FTP commands to get directory listing of all the files on hundreds of anonymous FTP sites around the world. It then puts these file listings into a database and provide a simple interface for searching it.