ftp.zx.net.nz Archive Usage and Contents


The FTP archive on ftp.zx.net.nz an entirely unsupported service. Use is entirely at your own risk - no warranty is expressed or implied. Complaints (including copyright issues/take down requests) and questions about its operation should be sent to ftpadmin@zx.net.nz .

The archive on ftp.zx.net.nz contains mostly data available elsewhere on the internet - normally it is just mirrored here for convenience. It consists of over 900 gigabytes of information organized in thousands separate directories.

You can retrieve files from ftp.zx.net.nz using either FTP or HTTP.

Mirroring Policy

Please do not mirror large amounts of data from the FTP Archive on ftp.zx.net.nz without getting in touch first. This system has limited resources (its on a residential internet connection) and its probably on the opposite side of the world from you - there may be other more convenient sources with better bandwidth for portions of the archive. If you must mirror, try to limit traffic between 8AM and 11PM NZ time. With wget you can insert a random delay between each request using --random-wait for example.

FTP Access

Connect to ftp.zx.net.nz with your local FTP command. Login as user anonymous, and use your email address as the password. Below is a typical anonymous FTP login example. (Case doesn't matter, uppercase is used here for illustration.)
% ftp ftp.zx.net.nz
Connected to ftp.zx.net.nz.

[ message of the day text deleted, but please read it ]

220 ftp.zx.net.nz FTP server ready.
Name (myname): ANONYMOUS
331 Guest login ok, send ident as password.
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
Use the cd command to move between directories; the ls command to list directory contents; and, the get command to retrieve files.

World Wide Web Access

The ftp.zx.net.nz home page is at URL:


Once there, just point and click.

Getting Started

The archives reside in the /pub directory. Index files are provided in / to help you find what you're looking for; they include:
        Index-byname    index in name order (about 30MB)
        Index-byname.Z  compressed (about 4MB)
        Index-bytime    index in time order, newest first (about 30MB)
        Index-bytime.Z  compressed (about 4MB)
These indexes are BIG, even when compressed. If you have access to a Web browser, you can search them through the Archive Index search page at:


The .Z suffix on a file implies compression with the /usr/ucb/compress program. This is part of 4.3BSD, Ultrix, Digital UNIX, SunOS, and all other recent versions of UN*X. On linux systems, gzip is able to handle these files, On windows winzip and 7zip work. Sources for compress 4.0 are in /pub/misc/compress-4.0.tar.

The .z suffix on a file implies compression with the gzip program. gzip is the prefered compression format of the Free Software Foundation.

The .bz2 suffix on a file implies compression with the bzip2 program.


Finding something in the archive is a process of exploration. The archive is organized as a hierarchy of files, with / as the top level with most of the files located in /pub/.

Most main directories will contain one of three common files. When present you should always read them. They will help you to find what you seek and provide information on the directory you are looking at. Even if they are out of date they should still be useful. You can tell when the file was last updated by the file modification timestamp or the date present in the file.

These common files are:

index.html	-- A HyperText file describing the contents of the directory.
		   If you are accessing the archive from a web browser it may
		   be worth your time looking at these. If not, just ignore
00-INDEX.TXT	-- This is the index for the directory. It should contain some
		   information about some of the more important files in the
01-README.TXT	-- This file contains important information about the contents
		   of the directory. You should always read this file if it is

The remainer of this document attempts to describe the organization of the archive hierarchy and to list some of the top-level files available. The content of the archive changes frequently, so you'll have to access it directly to get up-to-date directory listings.

Index Of Top-level Files

The top-level of the hierarchy contains:

Index-byname    -- Archive index sorted by name
Index-byname.Z  -- Compressed version
Index-bytime    -- Archive index sorted by file modification time
Index-bytime.Z  -- Compressed version
README.ftp      -- FTP Access notes
README.www	-- WWW Access notes
hypertext       -- Private directory used by the web server
private/        -- Private directory used by the archive administrator
pub/            -- Public directory containing the archive files
rom/		-- Public CDROMs

The only interesting subdirectories here are pub and rom

/pub contains:

dev/            -- Software Development tools
doc/		-- Various documentation
Drivers/	-- Drivers for various computer hardware
Game-Files/	-- Free games, patches for games, 3rd party data, etc
Hardware/	-- Grouped hardware, documentation and firmware collections
Mac/		-- Macintosh stuff
Media/linux	-- Linux install ISOs (some of these are very out of date)
Patches/	-- Mostly Operating System patches
archive/	-- archived stuff
misc/		-- Misc stuff
mirrors/	-- Mirrored data (ftp servers mostly)
software/	-- A selection of software for dos/windows, vms, macos, unix, etc
usenet/		-- Usenet newsgroup archives

Below most of these directories are subdirectories that organize the material further.

/rom contains a bank of CD-ROM discs. The contents of these directories will vary from time to time and multi-user access will be quite slow.

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