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FTP with a Mac

I've been trying to get FTP working with my Mac, and I noticed that after connecting it will immediately enter passive mode and hang.   To disable this, the first thing I type is 'Passive' and I am now free to work my FTP magic.   

Remote system type is UNIX.
ftp> passive
Passive mode: off; fallback to active mode: off.
ftp> 

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