I am looking for a debian download manager which can watch folders on a remote FTP site and download new files to my computer locally. This is a one way operation and not a sync, I simply need to get files from my transmission (torrent) folder on remote FTP downloaded locally automatically.



Check out NcFTP Client (is available in Debian repository)

Also look at The NcFTP Overview at IBM developerWorks (note the Recursive Transfers section).

Actually it can't run in daemon mode. To make periodical downloads you have to write a tiny bash script like:

while true
    ncftpget -R -u username -p password ftp.example.com /local/torrents /remote/torrents
    sleep 60

And then run it in Screen or dtach session to prevent terminating upon closing of a terminal window. In fact you can use any console FTP client you like with such a script to do automated periodic downloads like this.

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    see also GNU Screen article at Wikipedia and dtach manual page – Dmitry Nov 14 '12 at 12:19
  • Any other options ? – DeepeshAgarwal Nov 17 '12 at 4:22
  • Consider using curlftpfs (there is a debian package). It allows you to mount a remote FTP directory to a local one and copy files from a FTP resource to a local directory just as you copy regular files (using cp for example). Anyway you have to write a simple script that will be executed periodically (even if you decide to use a ftp client (there is a bunch of them) - it is likely you have to run it from a script with passing certain parameters like login and password). – Dmitry Nov 17 '12 at 20:17

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