My experiences with the *BSDs is extremely limited, but I am taking it on faith and on the advice of Wikipedia that tnftp is the default ftp agent in NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and some others.
It may be that I am mistaken, in which case I was provided with bad information. 😳
If that is the case though, I can only hope that *BSD users have better luck that I do with it. It seems that regardless of the host, nothing seems to connect. If I use the traditional ftp available through Arch’s inetutils, I have no problems.
An added irony, as you can see in the screenshot, is that tnftp is finding the correct IP address, but still insists it can’t connect. Perhaps I should be supplying a user name or a specific port, but it seems every variation ends up the same.
It’s a little disappointing, but as I always do, I first assume the problem is mine. No doubt I am missing a step somewhere, or have misconfigured something.
And I have no reason to assume that tnftp doesn’t work at all. It seems foolish to think that some of the most bulletproof software available on the planet would rely on a less-than-functional ftp client. Add to that it’s in both community and Debian.
For those keeping count, this little adventure has thus far collected a rather impressive menu of ftp clients. So even if tnftp doesn’t work for you either, you still have the choice of
and Midnight Commander, if you’re willing to acknowledge its ability to open ftp addresses like normal, everyday folders. Plus anything that happens to crop up between here and the last of the Z section.
So don’t throw in the towel just because this one doesn’t work for you. 😉