Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
Well, the FTP program includes a command called hash, which forces the program to print a hash mark (also known as a pound sign, #) for every few kilobytes transferred by FTP. (How frequently seems to vary. On many systems you'll see a hash after every kilobyte; my system likes to send one every 8K.) This can be useful to reassure you that information is really flowing.
Use the hash command before you start a transfer if you suspect that your FTP connection is flaky. You probably won't want to use this command regularly unless you are particularly fond of those little # characters.
Note: You can also use the hash command for any really
large transfer (even ones from nearby sites) so that you know the data is
flowing and so you can get a visual clue about how fast the information is
pouring through the wires.
$ ftp rahul.net Connected to rahul.net. 220 bolero FTP server (Version 6.59 Sat Feb 26 23:52:17 PST 1994) ready. Name (rahul.net:waffle): waffle 331 Password required for waffle. Password: 230 User waffle logged in. ftp> help hash hash toggle printing `#' for each buffer transferred ftp> hash Hash mark printing on (8192 bytes/hash mark). ftp> get my-small-file 200 PORT command successful. 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for my-small-file (49322 bytes). ####### 226 Transfer complete. local: my-small-file remote: my-small-file 50309 bytes received in 2 seconds (24 Kbytes/s)
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