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1. Introducing EFS

EFS is a system for transparent file-transfer between remote VMS, CMS, MTS, MVS, Twenex, Explorer (the last two are Lisp machines), TOPS-20, DOS (running the Distinct, Novell, FTP software, NCSA, Microsoft in both unix and DOS mode, Super TCP, and Hellsoft FTP servers), Windows NT (running the Microsoft or Hummingbird ftp servers), Unix descriptive listings (dl), KA9Q, OS/2 hosts using FTP. This means that you can edit, copy and otherwise manipulate files on any machine you have access to from within Emacs as if it were a local file. EFS works by introducing an extended filename syntax, and overloading functions such as insert-file-contents so that accessing a remote file causes appropriate commands to be sent to an FTP process. EFS includes and enhanced version of Dired to facilitate directory browsing and multiple file transfer from remote hosts.

The authors of EFS are Sandy Rutherford (sandy@math.ubc.ca), Andy (Ange) Norman (ange@hplb.hpl.hp.com), and Mike Sperber (sperber@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de). EFS is partly based on an earlier package called ange-ftp.

Many people have sent in enhancements for ange-ftp and EFS. Members of the ange-ftp and EFS Hall of Fame include:

Finally, this info file was put together by Mike Sperber (sperber@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de) from an ange-ftp info file written by Dave Smith (dsmith@stats.adelaide.edu.au) and the EFS source code.

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