In order to keep the virtual harddrive on my VM as small as possible, I prefer keeping installers on a network share that I can connect to through FTP. The terminal command for connecting to FTP servers handily enough is ftp. When running that command, terminal returned “Command not found”. It turns out that FTP is not installed on Oracle Linux by default.
Installing it is easy enough, though. In terminal, as root, run the command
yum install ftp. Answer yes to all questions and hey presto; FTP is installed. The lesson here: Never assume a resource is installed. I’m sure I’ll run into more of these down the road, and it’s a good lesson to have learned, thought I suspect it is one that I will be reminded of time and again.