After connecting to a local ftp server, how can I access the files through the terminal?
After establishing the connection in GNOME, you can find your FTP files mounted under ~/.gvfs
1.- why don't you use filezilla ...
sudo aptitude install filezilla
if you insist in download in terminal and image
3.- another option (use gnome and nautilus) :
gnome menu - place - connect to the server
public ftp or ftp with login (with user)
tick on Add Bookmark and name of the book mark click and connect
and you can access your file via gnome menu places.