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I've done a bit of digging, but I haven't discovered a working solution yet (to my surprise.) I've been trying this:

# for i in `ls`; do tftp -l "$i" -p; done

I just want to TFTP the contents of an entire directory (without tar/zipping them up). The problem is, of course, spaces in file names break everything. Maybe I should be using some other strategy?

Shell scripting isn't exactly my strong point...

(Extra points (not really) if there is a working recursive solution.)

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IFS=$(echo -en "\n\b")

before executing your loop, this will fix file name problem.

If you want to recursively tftp files use the following -

find . -print0 | while read -d $'\0' i
   tftp -l "$i" -p
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Now I just have to figure out what this all means :) –  Guttsy Sep 8 '11 at 14:48

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