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londonweb
Feb 2, 2006, 06:35 AM
Does anyone know of any good ftp software for file-sharing and back-up purposes? Either it could be something I can install on my own web server to allow people to log-in and download files, or it could be a fully hosted ftp server that I can use to back up my own work.

Would be great if it was cross-platform and even greater if it was free. And I don't want to use .Mac...

thanks!



mnkeybsness
Feb 2, 2006, 09:30 AM
Trasmit (http://www.panic.com)

londonweb
Feb 2, 2006, 11:47 AM
Trasmit (http://www.panic.com)

looks great, thanks

jeremy.king
Feb 2, 2006, 03:28 PM
Transmit is an FTP client, not an FTP server. There are plenty of server programs written in Java which should be cross platform.

londonweb
Feb 2, 2006, 03:53 PM
Transmit is an FTP client, not an FTP server. There are plenty of server programs written in Java which should be cross platform.

Ah- that sounds more like what I'm after. Do you have any suggestions?

jeremy.king
Feb 2, 2006, 03:58 PM
Ah- that sounds more like what I'm after. Do you have any suggestions?

Just use google.

http://incubator.apache.org/ftpserver/
http://www.cellspark.com/ftpserver.html
http://javaboutique.internet.com/FTPServer/

and plenty others...

zimv20
Feb 2, 2006, 04:30 PM
is this server to be hosted on osx? is the ftp server that comes w/ osx not sufficient?

regarding it being cross-platform, do you mean the server side or the client side? because any ftp client can connect to a given ftp server.

londonweb
Feb 6, 2006, 12:55 PM
I'm obviously confusing everyone here, so I'll try to clarify. What I want is for the following scenarios to be possible:

1. After a hard-day's work, I log on to an ftp server which is purely used for storing files (like iDisk) and I send my work to the server to back it up, so that in the horrifying event that my house should burn down, at least my clients won't be unhappy.

2. I have an urgent job to send to my printing house. It is too large to email and they don't run their own ftp server, couriers cost too much and cds are wasteful. I log on to my own server, send up the files, and they then log on to the same server with details I provide them, and download the files to their system.

On a pc, you can use IE6 to access ftp servers. If there is something that comes as standard with the mac that allows the same, then I don't know about it so please tell me how to find it!:o I understand that I can use Transmit or a similar client to set permissions on, say, a folder on my own web server which could be used in a similar way, but I don't really want to use my web server for backing up and sharing files, and besides I don't think my current plan offers anything like the amount of space I'll need for back-up purposes.

What I would like is a dedicated ftp server that acts only to serve the purposes described above. I've seen inrterfaces whereby a user can access the server via a web browser, so that they don't have to download their own ftp browser to access files. I think this would be ideal for what I want.

So my questions would be:
Are there dedicated ftp servers available to hire for the purposes I describe, or do I just get a regular hosting package and use it for back up?

Does anyone know of any software that allows a user to access ftp via a regular web browser (mac or pc)? Or, perhaps there's something that comes with osX that I can recommend my mac clients use to download files?

Whilst I'm perfectly capable of using google, I like asking questions here because I want opinions on the best way to do this sort of thing and the best software to use.

ps. I know iDisk is available but it's a bit troublesome for pc users to access.

Any help, as always, very greatly appreciated.

jeremy.king
Feb 6, 2006, 01:01 PM
Well, for serving you can just run the FTP service on your Mac. This can be found in the Sharing Preference pane.

You can then connect to your mac FTP server using IE on a PC (or a variety of FTP programs), or Finder on the mac (read-only). If you have mac users who need to upload files, then just refer them to the tens of freely available programs for OS X. Personally I use Interarchy (http://www.interarchy.com/main/)($) since it supports a variety of protocols and desktop mounting/syncronization.

londonweb
Feb 6, 2006, 01:08 PM
Thanks, kingjr3, although using my mac as a server wouldn't help my back-up issue....I'm trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario (eg. a fire or burglary resulting in no more mac/disks/hardrives/etc)

jeremy.king
Feb 6, 2006, 01:32 PM
Thanks, kingjr3, although using my mac as a server wouldn't help my back-up issue....I'm trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario (eg. a fire or burglary resulting in no more mac/disks/hardrives/etc)

No problem.

I recently signed up for a VPS account with http://www.westhost.com and they allow me to create FTP users as needed. Not to mention I could host up to 5 domain names (included in monthly) if I wanted on the New Years special ($9/month). I currently only use it for CVS hosting...So far so good *crosses fingers*

Good luck with whatever you choose.

londonweb
Feb 6, 2006, 02:56 PM
Thanks, I'll have a look into it

jlyssy
Feb 14, 2006, 12:53 PM
Consider configuring your own server. If you have broadband, this may work fine.

Get an old PC or perhaps a Mac running OS/X will do, might be able to get one for free. Install a large HD if it doesn't have one already.

Load Linux. fedora.redhat.com

Use DynDNS.org to keep your probable dynamic address registered.

Recomend not using FTP as it has security issue; use SSH instead.

Upload files using Fugu or rsync.

This solution allows for your own services: e-mail, web, ssh, ftp, file server. It's cheap and reliable.

notjustjay
Feb 14, 2006, 01:25 PM
I bought my own domain and a hosting package on vizaweb.com. Cost is very cheap and that's where I host my own website, blog, photo gallery, etc.

Of course part of that package is an FTP server, so I could (and do) use it for temporary transferring of files, backups, and so on.

That's probably the easiest way.

radiantm3
Feb 14, 2006, 01:40 PM
You can try this as well:
http://jeanmatthieu.free.fr/pureftpd/

electronboy
Feb 14, 2006, 02:03 PM
OS X server has FTP services built right in. If you have a Mac and a OS X server license you could use that. We really like it.

I'm sure you know this, but OS X server also has a web server built into it. You could use that. Although a license of OS X server might not be within your budget. I seem to remember that students can sign up for an Apple Developer Connection accoutn and then get one copy of OS X client and server at low cost.

Good Luck.

electronboy
Feb 14, 2006, 02:06 PM
Recomend not using FTP as it has security issue; use SSH instead.

There is almost no security risk using Apple's FTP server. Our Xserve runs FTP and that port is open to the Internet. We have not had any problems.

If FTP seems risky then use SFTP.