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Listing contents of multiple FTP directories on AS/400

Learn how to 'append data to the file' with the FTP DIR command, and eliminate the hassle of having to end the FTP session and restart to view multiple directories.

During an FTP session, I need to go to three directories on a remote system. I want to list out the contents of the directories for me to use later.

I know I can use the DIR (disk command, and it will put the data in *CURLIB/DIROUTPUT.DIROUTPUT, but it is a replacement,

not an add, so I can only get one directory listing per FTP session.

I don't want to have to end the session, and restart it three times. Any suggestions? Am I missing something?

Using the DIR command, you would be using something like,

DIR direct1/*.* > DIROUTPUT.DIROUTPUT

The > symbol redirects the output to the file specified. This will, as you say, replace any data in the file. So, use this for the FIRST directory listing in your session, then for the OTHER two, use :

DIR direct2/*.* >> DIROUTPUT.DIROUTPUT
DIR direct3/*.* >> DIROUTPUT.DIROUTPUT

Using the > symbol twice means 'append the data to the file'.

This was first published in May 2008

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