Problem with FTP.SATELLITE.EU.ORG

3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
Thu, 28 Aug 97 17:12:38 PDT

Does anyone else not like the way the TLE files are being named on
ftp.satellite.eu.org?  Lately, there have been numbers appended to
the names of the TLE files (.1 .2 .3 etc).  If you want the most
recent one you have to know the highest number!  This makes it
harder for my auto FTP scripts to work.  Here's a snippet of a
directory list I ran today...

Connecting to 163.1.243.9, port 21
220-This is the Oxford University Physics Department Central FTP Server
220 captainflack.physics.ox.ac.uk FTP server
(Version wu-2.4.2-academ&BETA-12a(1) Wed Feb 19 18:19:40 EST 1997) ready.

cd /pub/sat/elements
dir
-rw-r--r--   1 1002     1002         4813 Jul 25 14:02 recent.tle
-rw-rw-r--   1 1002     1002         2233 Jul 26 17:37 recent.zip
-rw-r--r--   1 1002     1002         2235 Jul 26 22:10 recent.zip.1
-rw-r--r--   1 1002     1002         1661 Aug  2 22:10 recent.zip.8
-rw-r--r--   1 1002     1002         1657 Aug  3 22:10 recent.zip.9
-rw-r--r--   1 1002     1002         1519 Aug  4 22:10 recent.zip.10
(many files not listed for brevity)

Notice that 'recent.tle' without the number is the oldest file, and
'recent.zip' is the oldest zip file.  Shouldn't those be the most
recent files, like other FTP sites do it?  I've been wondering why
the elsets I auto FTP from there have been getting older and older
lately.  Now I know why.  I'd rather not rewrite my scripts; It's
much easier for me to grab a file whose name doesn't change.

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL