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January 2002


Command-line WebDAV client for Unix


cadaver - A command-line WebDAV client for Unix.


cadaver [-trp[-r file][-p host[:port]]][-V][-h] http://hostname[:port]/path


cadaver supports file upload, download, on-screen display, namespace operations (move and copy), collection creation and deletion, and locking operations.
Its operation is similar to the standard BSD ftp(1) client and the Samba Project’s smbclient(1). A user familiar with these tools should be quite comfortable with cadaver.
cadaver supports automatically logging in to servers requiring authentication via a .netrc file (similar to ftp(1) - see section "THE .netrc FILE" below).


-t, --tolerant Allow cd/open into non-WebDAV enabled collection; use if the server or proxy server has WebDAV compliance problems.
-r, --rcfile=file Use this rcfile rather than the default of ~/.cadaverrc
-p, --proxy=host[:port] Connect using the proxy host "host" and optional proxy port "port".
-V, --version Display version information and exit.
-h, --help Display this help message and exit.


ls [path] List contents of current [or other] collection
cd path Change to specified collection
pwd Display name of current collection
put local [remote] Upload local file
get remote [local] Download remote resource
mget remote... Download many remote resources
mput local... Upload many local files
edit resource Edit given resource
less remote... Display remote resource through pager
mkcol remote... Create remote collection(s)
cat remote... Display remote resource(s)
delete remote... Delete non-collection resource(s)
rmcol remote... Delete remote collections and ALL contents
copy source... dest Copy resource(s) from source to dest
move source... dest Move resource(s) from source to dest
lock resource Lock given resource
unlock resource Unlock given resource
discover resource Display lock information for resource
steal resource Steal lock token for resource
showlocks Display list of owned locks
propnames res Names of properties defined on resource
chexec [+|-] remote Change isexecutable property of resource
propget res [propname] Retrieve properties of resource
propset res propname value Set property on resource
set [option] [value] Set an option, or display options
open URL Open connection to given URL
close Close current connection
quit Exit program
unset [option] [value] Unsets or clears value from option.
lcd [directory] Change local working directory
lls [options] Display local directory listing
lpwd Print local working directory
logout Logout of authentication session
help [command] Display help message

THE .netrc FILE

The file ~/.netrc may be used to automatically login to a server requiring authentication. The following tokens (separated by spaces, tabs or newlines) may be used:
machine host
Identify a remote machine host which is compared with the hostname given on the command line or as an argument to the open command. Any subsequent tokens up to the end of file or the next machine or default token are associated with this entry.
This is equivalent to the machine token but matches any hostname. Only one default token may be used and it must be after all machine tokens.
login username
Specifies the username to use when logging in to the remote machine.
password string
passwd string
Specifies the password to use when logging in to the remote machine.
Any other tokens (as described in ftp(1)) are ignored.


cadaver Connects to the server, opening the root collection.
cadaver Connects to the server using port 8022, opening the collection "/Users/fred/".
cadaver Connects to a server called using SSL.


~/.cadaverrc Individual user settings that can override cadaver defaults and to script cadaver. Can be changed by the "--rcfile" option.
~/.netrc Login and initialization information used by the auto-login process. See section "THE .netrc FILE" for details.


Joe Orton <>
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