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Currently I know how to do this:

curl -T file.zip ftp://server.domain.com/ --user username:password

Which will let me do a single file. However I can't figure out how to do it for a directory. I would like to use a similar command and specify a directory instead of a single file and have it upload that directory and all contents maintaining folder structure. How is that done?

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You probably have to use something more sophisticated. FTP itself (if I remember correctly) is not able to transfer entire directories, all it knows about is transferring a file. Thus the client has to translate your request "send this directory" into a sequence of upload this file (possibly preceded by make this directory).

One such sophisticated client is lftp (see also Wikipedia), its mirror -R command should do the job.

(ncftp's ncftpput has a -R flag for this, too.)

Edit Of course you can also do a recursive upload with find and curl's --ftp-create-dirs flag..

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Your find / curl link is broken, unfortunately. Better copy instead of linking to any URL that doesn't appear rock-solid. –  dan3 Jun 17 '13 at 11:03
    
There are no rock-solid URLs ;) But luckily there is the internet archive wayback machine. –  sr_ Jun 17 '13 at 19:47
    
Well, links to stack-overflow would be rock-solid, links to Google News, sourceforge mailing list archives... Anyway, the link says find -type f -exec curl -v -u myusername:mypassword --ftp-create-dirs -T {} ftp3.ftptoyoursite.com/www.mynewwebsite.com/web/content{} \; –  dan3 Jun 17 '13 at 20:03

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