newbie : ftp auto-uncompress?
> AFAIK, the server did it. Your ftp object received uncompressed text.
> > actually 'fileName.Z'. The file saved in my local directory is
> > to text, as I want. What function did the Unix 'uncompress',
> > Is it due to my choice of 'fileName' and not 'fileName.Z' in the 2
> > I searched the Python documentation with no luck. Any pointers/links to
> > documentation about this much appreciated.
Yep -- it's the server. Very popular extensions to the FTP protocol
(on-the-fly compression, decompression, archiving, ...) have the
FTP server interpret the requested filename and "do what you mean".
http://www.webcom.com/help/ftp/compression.shtml has a good
and simple guide to these features as provided by wu-ftp, for ex.
Python has little to do with it...!-)