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Most anonymous FTP archives include index files that briefly describe the various programs available at the site. Generally, each subdirectory has its own abstract file listing the programs available therein. Abstract file names typically begin with 00 and end with either .txt or .abs. For instance, 00index.txt. (I keep writing generally and typically because the folks behind the scenes at each FTP site are free to index the system any way they want--or not index it at all. Your mileage may vary.) Some FTP sites have a complete list of all the files and abstracts. Try looking for a file called something like /pub/00all-abstracts.
So, if I were looking for a freeware Tetris-like game for the Macintosh, I would FTP to mac.archive.umich.edu, go to the directory /mac/game/arcade, and get the file 00index.txt. I would peruse the index offline and reconnect later to grab the files that interest me.
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