For those of you like me who use a flavour of UNIX (Mac OS X, FreeBSD, Linux…) but at some point are stuck using a Windows computer, the built in Command Prompt FTP client can throw you off for one simple reason: Windows goes against what everyone else does (yet again!) and defaults to
ASCII for file transfers instead of
binary. This means any non-plain text files you upload via FTP will become corrupted and unusable.
Little tip for those doing this, make sure once you've logged onto an FTP server to type the "
binary" command first before you do anything else. Windows will confirm the change by printing "
200 Type set to I".
Another small Windows platform difference along the lines of my ifconfig versus ipconfig post I also wrote this month that regular Windows users probably already know, but passing it on for what it may be worth. I'm not Bill Kurtis.
Microsoft's TechNet has more details.