NET::CMD(1)           User Contributed Perl Documentation          NET::CMD(1)

       Net::Cmd - Network Command class (as used by FTP, SMTP etc)

           use Net::Cmd;

           @ISA = qw(Net::Cmd);

       Net::Cmd is a collection of methods that can be inherited by a sub
       class of IO::Handle. These methods implement the functionality required
       for a command based protocol, for example FTP and SMTP.

       These methods provide a user interface to the Net::Cmd object.

       debug ( VALUE )
           Set the level of debug information for this object. If VALUE is not
           given then the current state is returned. Otherwise the state is
           changed to VALUE and the previous state returned. If VALUE is undef
           then the debug level will be set to the default debug level for the

           This method can also be called as a static method to set/get the
           default debug level for a given class.

       message ()
           Returns the text message returned from the last command

       code ()
           Returns the 3-digit code from the last command. If a command is
           pending then the value 0 is returned

       ok ()
           Returns non-zero if the last code value was greater than zero and
           less than 400. This holds true for most command servers. Servers
           where this does not hold may override this method.

       status ()
           Returns the most significant digit of the current status code. If a
           command is pending then CMD_PENDING is returned.

       datasend ( DATA )
           Send data to the remote server, delimiting lines with CRLF. Any lin
           starting with a '.' will be prefixed with another '.'.

       dataend ()
           End the sending of data to the remote server. This is done by
           ensureing that the data already sent ends with CRLF then sending
           '.CRLF' to end the transmission. Once this data has been sent
           dataend calls response and returns true if response returns CMD_OK.

       These methods are not intended to be called by the user, but used or
       over-ridden by a sub-class of Net::Cmd

       debug_print ( DIR, TEXT )
           Print debugging information. DIR denotes the direction true being
           data being sent to the server. Calls debug_text before printing to

       debug_text ( TEXT )
           This method is called to print debugging information. TEXT is the
           text being sent. The method should return the text to be printed

           This is primarily meant for the use of modules such as FTP where
           passwords are sent, but we do not want to display them in the
           debugging information.

       command ( CMD [, ARGS, ... ])
           Send a command to the command server. All arguments a first joined
           with a space character and CRLF is appended, this string is then
           sent to the command server.

           Returns undef upon failure

       unsupported ()
           Sets the status code to 580 and the response text to 'Unsupported
           command'.  Returns zero.

       responce ()
           Obtain a responce from the server. Upon success the most
           significant digit of the status code is returned. Upon failure,
           timeout etc., undef is returned.

       parse_response ( TEXT )
           This method is called by response as a method with one argument. It
           should return an array of 2 values, the 3-digit status code and a
           flag which is true when this is part of a multi-line response and
           this line is not the list.

       getline ()
           Retreive one line, delimited by CRLF, from the remote server.
           Returns undef upon failure.

           NOTE: If you do use this method for any reason, please remember to
           add some debug_print calls into your method.

       ungetline ( TEXT )
           Unget a line of text from the server.

       read_until_dot ()
           Read data from the remote server until a line consisting of a
           single '.'.  Any lines starting with '..' will have one of the '.'s

           Returns a reference to a list containing the lines, or undef upon

       Net::Cmd exports six subroutines, five of these, CMD_INFO, CMD_OK,
       CMD_MORE, CMD_REJECT and CMD_ERROR ,correspond to possible results of
       response and status. The sixth is CMD_PENDING.

       Graham Barr <>

       $Revision: 2.2 $

       Copyright (c) 1995 Graham Barr. All rights reserved. This program is
       free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

3rd Berkeley Distribution    perl 5.003, patch 07                  NET::CMD(1)