Right now, of course, I'm emeshed in learning bunches of newbie stuff. I still don't know how to use Linux FTP yet, for example. Or deal with anything (tar file) I do download.
Try ncftp... It's a little easier to use than standard FTP. I always used the Win95 command line FTP so when I got to Linux I really didn't notice much of a difference.
|ftp ftp.yourmachine.com||open the connection. Substitute the computer that you are connecting to in place of yourmachine.com .|
|user anonymous||To get access to public stuff|
|password firstname.lastname@example.org||standard password for anon ftp = email address|
|cd /pub/linux||change directory on remote machine to /pub/linux|
|lcd /tmp||change directory on local machine to /tmp|
|binary||set binary transfer mode - many FTP servers default to sending everything as ASCII|
|get linux.tar.gz||Copies the file to your local machine|
|bye||Quits the FTP session|
You can use 'help' to get a list of keywords. FTP is a little odd in that different servers may behave a little differently. Much like a shell session, when you FTP to a site the commands and whatnot are more dependent on the site you connected to than your local system...
Then, you can use tar like this:
tar xvfz linux.tar.gz
which means 'x' Extract the tar 'f' File in 'v' Verbose mode but first 'z' gunzip it.
personally, I tend to gunzip it first and then 'tar xvf' the .tar file.
For more on tar.