Resume FTP file copy

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  • #61090
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    Paul Fallows


    I have been having problems downloading a file from a FTP site – it keeps on timing out. I am currently trying the following code:

    $downloadRequest = [Net.WebRequest]::Create($fileUrl)
    $downloadRequest.Method = [System.Net.WebRequestMethods+FTP]::DownloadFile
    $downloadRequest.Credentials = $credentials

    $downloadResponse = $downloadRequest.GetResponse()
    $sourceStream = $downloadResponse.GetResponseStream()
    $targetStream = [System.IO.File]::Create($localFilePath)
    $buffer = New-Object byte[] 10240
    while (($read = $sourceStream.Read($buffer, 0, $buffer.Length)) -gt 0)
    $targetStream.Write($buffer, 0, $read);


    I have changed both Timeout and ReadWriteTimeout values but this made no difference. Possibly a setting on the source server?

    Anyway – is there a way to resume the download once it has timed out?


  • #61237
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    Don Jones

    Not using that class, no. I'd –strongly– suggest you look at BITS, the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and its associated PowerShell cmdlets. It's designed for this specific purpose.

  • #61363
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    Paul Fallows

    Thanks – will look at this.

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