From my linux machine, I connect remotely to an FTP server using the following command:


In this DIR2 there is a file called running_config which is routinely deposited there,automatically, once a day.

I would like to append the value of date into the name of this file. How can I can achieve this?

  • How exactly do you need this to happen? Why not use cron to take care of this? I'm pretty sure logrotate should be able to do this too. If not, you can always make a cron script that runs daily at a specific time, moves/copies your files and appends $(date +%Y-%m-%d) to its name. – confetti Sep 14 '18 at 20:40
  • I don't know how to write such complicated script. – hoanggeneral Sep 14 '18 at 21:07

According to man ftp:

The append and put subcommands perform file-name expansion and then use only the first file name generated. Other ftp subcommands, such as cd, delete, get, mkdir, rename, and rmdir, do not perform file-name expansion and take the pattern-matching characters literally.

You could try something like:

ftp> put running_config running_config_021345

If you would like to append date, then you need to capture date as follows:

ftp> put running_config running_config_`date +%Y%m%d`.txt

Here is an example of a bash:


ftp -n -v $HOST_name << EOT
user $USER $PW
 put running_config running_config_`date +%d-%m-%Y`.txt

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    how can I capture date as a variable and code the process in this case? – hoanggeneral Sep 14 '18 at 21:08

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