There is a PHP file on a server that I need to save to my local machine. How can I get this without using an FTP client, but through PuTTY or something else?
I have installed vsftp on the server but I can't connect with an FTP client for some reason. I need the file urgently, so while I work on figuring out why I can't connect via FTP, how can I get the file some other way?
Because I use Linux I just drag and drop using the Konqueror file manager, but you should be able to find a reasonable GUI SFTP client on any platform.
There is no real reason to use FTP any more. Sending passwords in plain text is not good security, and FTP does nothing to verify that you are connected to the server you wanted to be connected to either.