File transfer over local network

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  1. gooberguy, Sep 11, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011

    gooberguy macrumors member


    May 17, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I'm having a really weird issue, and I've tried googling for the better part of 40 minutes to solve it but I have come up with nothing.

    I'm trying to copy a folder of music over to my girlfriends laptop, which i can access her public folder's "drop box" (not the commercial software, but the one built in) and on her laptop you can see the files being transferred over one by one, but as soon as the last file is done transferring, the whole folder dissapears and deletes itself. I've noticed that if i copy a small file over, a simple .txt the file remains, so it must be a maximum size permission, but I cannot find anything.

    edit: I am running Lion, the gf is running snow leopard

    Any ideas?

    thanks in advance
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I don't know why this is happening, but I typically use rsync from the command line for copying large sets of files. Make sure you have "Remote Login" enabled in Preferencec->Sharing. Then on the sending machine type the command:

    rsync -avz <folder-to-send> <username>@<machine_name>:<destination-folder>
  3. gooberguy thread starter macrumors member


    May 17, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    something I just noticed, if I change the privlage on the folder from "write only (drop box)" to "Read & write" i no longer have my issue.

    this is however, not optimal since she may visit other networks where people connecting may be strangers
  4. mainstay macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    Not an answer, but I too have observed this behavior.

    If I copy TO the second system this occurs, but if I copy FROM, I'm OK.
  5. gooberguy thread starter macrumors member


    May 17, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    are you going from lion to snow leopard as well? (when it fails)
  6. willfurnell macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2011
    Quick and easy way to do it, which works for me (Lion to SL)

    Go to System Preferences on her machine, then go to sharing.

    Now make sure 'File Sharing' is ticked. Click on the File Sharing service.

    Look at the IP address the computer has, you will need this later.

    Now click Options... and make sure 'Share files and folders using AFP' is ticked.
    Like this:


    Now go to Finder and Click Go -> Connect to Server (Command + K)

    In the Connect to server field, type
    Replace HERUSERNAME with Her computers username, and HERPASSWORD with her computers password. Remember to capitalize correctly (for example, if her username was "JaneDoe" you would type that)

    Replace HERCOMPUTERSIP with the IP address that you remembered earlier.

    You should now be able to transfer files easily to her system.

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