File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

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Method of transferring data files from one computer to another over a network. The most basic way of sending and receiving files over internet, FTP divides files into several segments and assigns a reference number to each one. These segments are transmitted in a sequence which the receiving computer reassembles as an exact copy of the original. FTP also performs automatic error detection and correction in file transfers. There are hundreds of thousands of FTP files over the internet that can be freely downloaded. See also anonymous FTP and FTP site.

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