As mentioned in the previous page, Within the FTP window, the
right-hand pane is concerned with the files on the remote machine
(ie the one you are connecting to).
N.B.: Please be aware that the function of the panes may be
For the time being, we will consider the remote system without connecting to it.
The Current Path
For the remote system, this is displayed in the top right corner under
the words Remote Files in. Most machines that you will connect to will
probably be running a UNIX operating system. UNIX filenames are case-sensitive,
and the directories are separated by a forward slash (the / character).
Controlling the Listing
The remote files that are listed are constrained by what is declared in the
box labelled File Name on the right side of the FTP window. A
list of all files in the current directory is produced if the contents of the
File Name box is empty. Mac users typically get the entire listing.
Clicking on the List button adjacent to the File Name box will produce a
listing subject to any new constraints (Mac users: this button is not
The File List
The remote directory's list of files is located in the pane on the right half
of the FTP window.
(As with the local file list box,) remote subdirectories are denoted by the use
of square brackets, therefore [name] is the name of a subdirectory.
You can move into a subdirectory by double clicking on its name. Double
clicking on the [..] directory moves you into the parent directory
(the parent folder on the Mac).
Windows users: If you know exactly which remote directory you want to access
beforehand, you can save time and trouble by clicking on the Change Dir
button on the far right of the FTP window. You will be asked to type out where
you want to go. NB don't forget to begin the path with '/' (a forward
slash) if you are specifying a path from the root directory.
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