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Has anyone figured out how to ftp a file down to a EC2 AMI using ubuntu on the command line?

I am able to connect to (I'm trying to dowmload a Drupal module) and then I can't even execute a simple "ls" let alone a "get".

I just get the hideous "500 Illegal PORT command"

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closed as off-topic by Jenny D, masegaloeh, mdpc, HopelessN00b Mar 18 '15 at 1:17

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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's an end-user question, not a sysadmin question. – Jenny D Mar 16 '15 at 11:34
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Linux command-line ftp defaults to using active-mode FTP. Try switching to passive mode with the pass command:

me@ip-10-a-b-c:~$ ftp
Name ( anonymous
331 Please specify the password.
230 Login successful.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> dir
500 Illegal PORT command.
ftp: bind: Address already in use
ftp> pass
Passive mode on.
ftp> dir
227 Entering Passive Mode (140,211,166,134,86,192).
150 Here comes the directory listing.
lrwxrwxrwx    1 0        0              19 Apr 11  2009 debian -> ./pub/debian/debian
lrwxrwxrwx    1 0        0              20 Apr 11  2009 debian-cd -> ./pub/debian-cdimage
lrwxrwxrwx    1 0        0              20 Apr 11  2009 debian-cdimage -> ./pub/debian-cdimage
drwxr-xr-x    6 0        0            4096 Nov 20 16:38 pub
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0             819 Feb 03  2009 welcome.msg
226 Directory send OK.
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You can type faster than I can. Looks like active/passive mismatch to me too. – Tonny Nov 20 '12 at 21:53
you are the MAN! – chuckboycejr Nov 20 '12 at 22:05

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