SPUG: Regarding Perl and file transfers

Christopher Howard choward at indicium.us
Thu Jul 24 14:57:29 PDT 2008

Since I started learning Perl, I've focused almost exclusively on Perl 
CGI.  I'm just starting to learn about networking with Perl.

I want to create scripts to do all the computer-to-computer backups on 
my personal LAN.  My first thought was to use SFTP because it secure and 
it is easy to set up an SFTP server.  And I saw Net::SFTP so I thought 
I'd learn how to use that.

Right away I ran into problems using Net::SFTP.  It is probably either 
the way that I installed it or the way I tried to use it.  But 
nevertheless, I notice that Net::SFTP is only on version 0.10...

So I take that to mean that Perl programmers do not commonly use SFTP 
for communicating files with their scripts.  Then, what protocol is 
commonly used?  Do I need to learn to make those complicated-looking 
scripts for creating socket connections?

I would appreciate it if some one could point me in the right direction.

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