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ZFTP is a file transfer program which supports the transfer of formatted, unformatted and ZEBRA RZ files (CMZ, HBOOK, etc.). Formatted files are typically KUIP macros, command or EXEC files, source code or even FZ ALPHA exchange format files. Unformatted files may be FZ binary exchange format or EPIO files, or any other binary file with fixed length records. ZFTP also provides LS, CD, PWD and RSHELL commands. It provides a common interface on all systems and the possibility of macros (via KUIP). It avoids the problems of file format conversion that occur when transferring binary files to UNIX systems.
PAM files may be transferred in CARD, CETA, CMZ or even compact binary PAM format. (In the first release this last format is limited to 32 bit machines.) This is particularly convenient for software distribution amongst disparate hardware types.