Even though ftp is not good for security when you use it in the scripts, it is still easily usable and powerful. I use ftp and sftp scripts for batch job.
#!/bin/bash . ~yourid/.bash_profile > /dev/null ipaddr= userid= password= remotedir= remotefiles= ftp -i -n <<! open $ipaddr user $userid $password ascii cd $remotedir mget $remotefiles bye !
#!/bin/ksh ipaddr= userid= password= remotefiles= expect << EOS spawn sftp $userid@$ipaddr: expect "password: " send "$password\n" expect "sftp>" send "dir $remotefiles\n" expect "sftp>" send "bye\n" EOS