[R] ftp fetch using RCurl?

CHD850 chd850 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 17:38:45 CET 2009

Hi everyone,

I have to fetch about 300 to 500 zipped archives from a remote ftp server.
Each of the archive is about 1Mb. I know I can get it done by using
download.file() in R, but I am curious that is there a faster way to do this
using RCurl. For example, are there some parameters that I can set so that
the connection does not need to be rebuilt....etc. 

A even simpler question is, how can I fetch an archive from the server and
place it somewhere locally? I have spent a lot of time reading RCurl
documents and curl web pages but in vain. Can someone show me an example of
the syntax? Pardon me if this is trivial to you.


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