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Was initially trying FTP, but the server doesn't seem to like me very much - it'll go through a bunch of directories, noting that it's already downloaded some of the files, all good. After a few seconds of this, the FTP server becomes unresponsive. Clearly, not a grand solution - but it's somewhat out of my control, since it's a shared host doing this.

Is there a better way to access the files at this point? Or should I just keep trying?

Thanks!

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It all depends on what the server supports. If SSH is an option, you could use SCP/SFTP/rsync or any number of GUI clients for those protocols. HTTP is another potential option.

But if the server only supports FTP, you could try using a different FTP client to connect.

If you're using a wireless connection, try a wired connection to avoid the potential for interference. Worst case, use a different internet connection to try to avoid problems along the route -- if your cable modem isn't getting it, the neighbor's DSL might.

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Noticed that my wi-fi signal was fluctuating; plugged into wired and now I seem good to go.

Sorry for the false alarm, but I'd definitely appreciate - for future users - other ways of acquiring files if FTP begins to fail.

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quack's answer still stands - it depends on what the server supports. If FTP is the only protocol allowed than there's just no other option. –  AnonJr Oct 13 '09 at 23:58
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I would use rsync if it's possible. You can easily continue copying the files if you get disconnected.

rsync -vurt --progress username@some_host:/home/username/a_dir /home/me/backups

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