For Windows 3.1/3.11 and DOS/UNIX-bases software, it is important to be
in the correct transfer mode in order to avoid any unnecessary transfer
errors. As mentioned earlier, some software may switch mode automatically.
Nonetheless, we provide instructions on changing mode here anyway,
typically this involves clickingg check boxes on Mac/Windows and typing
one word on DOS/UNIX systems.
There are two modes for file transfer that are very important when using FTP.
The first is ASCII (7-bit) which is to be used for text files, such as
README files. The other mode is Binary which is for non-text
files such as executable files, image files, archives and so on.
To specify the mode for file transfer, click on the appropriate check box in
the FTP application. Do this BEFORE transferring your file !
Being in the wrong mode can cause transfer errors in your files.
Transferring A File
To transfer a file, highlight it by clicking (once) on it, then
click on Copy. The file will be transferred from the
machine that contains the file into the other machine.
Note that the 'Copy As' option will transfer the file allowing you to give
it a different name in the target machine. This is very useful when
transferring files from UNIX machines (which allow flexible naming and are
case sensitive) to PCs running DOS and Windows 3.1/3.11. This does NOT
apply to Windows 95 users ! Filenames which are too long for DOS will
automatically be truncated.
Transferring Multiple Files
You can choose a selection of files to be transferred :
Ensure that the files are all the same type - all ASCII or all Binary.
You will not be able to use the 'Copy As' facility.
- Mac Users:Press and hold down the Option key and click
on all files you want in the list box. Then press Copy
- Windows Users: Press and hold down Ctrl (the control
key) and click on all the files you want in the list box. Then press
Once you have completed your transfer procedures, you will be ready to
close the connection to the remote machine. This is achieved by clicking on
the Disconnect button on the far right of the FTP window.
You can then close the FTP application by clicking on Server on the
Menu Bar, then choosing the Exit option. Mac users running Fetch may
click on the Quit button.
Go To Next Page
Go To Previous Page
Go To Overview