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What is the use of literal command in ftp?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Browsing through FTP help (i.e. ftp> ?), showed me a command name literal, description of which is ftp> ? literal literal Send arbitrary ftp command I tried to do some trial and error, and following is the terminal output. All returned 500 Unknown command. ftp> literal check 500 Unknown command. ftp> literal bye 500 Unknown command. ftp> literal Command line to send check 500 Unknown command. ftp> literal Command line to send ascii 500 Unknown command. I would like to know more about this literal command and in what scenarios is it helpful? Edit Note: I am co (HowTos)