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HTTPS is killing FTP (Announce)

posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 18.01.2019, 20:26

And just to mention this also, since it's related to networking, ....

ftp://ftp.gnu.org/README

> (Updated October 13 2017):
>
> Because of security concerns with plaintext protocols, we still
> intend to disable the FTP protocol for downloads on this server
> (downloads would still be available over HTTP and HTTPS), but we
> will not be doing it on November 1, 2017, as previously announced
> here. We will be sharing our reasons and offering a chance to
> comment on this issue soon; watch this space for details.
>
> If you maintain scripts used to access ftp.gnu.org over FTP,
> we strongly encourage you to change them to use HTTPS instead.

I swear, everything legacy gets thrown away. I like the simplicity of FTP. I like using mTCP. But decisions like this make it almost impossible.

This is why we really need good (updated! reproducible!) ports of Curl and/or Wget and/or Links2. We just don't have much of a choice. So many sites are going "HTTPS only".

 

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