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Cool FTP implementation with "minimal" Python

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  • From: "McHale, Paul" <Paul.McHale at>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 06:19:31 -0400 (EDT)

I enjoy using Mathematica, but as with any language they can't do everything.  Nor should they.  Here is a way I implemented quick FTP get routine.

Mathematica code:
Note:  All communication to python program is through command line parameters.
Returns {Success} or {Failure}

mFileList=ReadList["!c:\\python27\\python.exe " <> NotebookDirectory[] <> " /Test/Coms Test.bin",Record]

Python code:  (I'm sure there are prettier implementations, but maybe not more simple :) )
NOTE:  All text from Print statements are returned to Mathematica as a list returned from ReadList[] call in Mathematica code.
from socket import *
from array import *
from struct import *
from string import *
from ftplib import FTP
import sys

def handleDownload(block):
#    print ".",

def mFtpPutFile(mHOST,mDirectory, mDirectory, mFileName):
    # This will handle the data being Uploaded

        #print "Opening connection"
        ftp = FTP(sys.argv[1])   # connect to host, default port
        ftp.login()               # user anonymous, passwd anonymous@
        #print "Changing directory"

        #print 'Opening local file ' + filename
        file = open(mFileName, 'rb')

        #print 'Storing ' + filename
        ftp.storbinary('STOR ' + mFileName, file)

        # Clean up time

        #print 'Closing FTP connection'
        print 'Failure'

        print 'Success'

mHOST = sys.argv[1]
mDirectory = sys.argv[2]
mFileName = sys.argv[3]
#mHOST=''   This is how to test the code without requiring the code to be called from command line

Anyone else have cool and easy ways to extend Mathematica (Stay in Mathematica longer :) )?  So far Python called this way has been a great way to accomplish some interesting things including sending and receiving small Ethernet commands.


Paul McHale  |  Electrical Engineer, Energetics Systems  |  Excelitas Technologies Corp.

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