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sure sftp is more secure than ftp, but the default client has got some terrible usability problems.

for instance, it always really bugged me that i couldn’t tab-auto-complete in sftp.  it’s crazy!  how else do you enter long filenames?!

thankfully, i’ve finally found a command-line sftp client that does handle auto-completion: yafc (yet another ftp client).

clever names aside, i highly recommend installing this client – i finally feel like my command-line ftp is more user-friendly than some silly GUI.

to install in debian/ubutnu or on the mac (via fink):

sudo apt-get install yafc

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4 Responses to “command-line sftp client with auto-complete”

  1. on 19 Sep 2007 at 3:06 pm Carlo Capocasa

    Saved my life! Thanks.

  2. on 01 Oct 2007 at 2:21 pm Eric Brunson

    My search for “sftp client completion” led me here. Thanks for the pointer, yafc is in the Fedora repos, so installing was a cinch. Knowing it existed was the trick. :-)

  3. on 17 Jan 2010 at 1:05 pm Sam

    Found out about yafc from this post. Much more user friendly than sftp.

  4. on 14 Mar 2010 at 7:48 pm rex

    Hey guys,

    you can also use lftp

    apt-get install lftp

    you can then

    lftp sftp://

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