Finder for FTP
Alan Zisman (c) 2003 First published in LowEndMac , February
11, 2003 X-Basics column
FTP is an old Unix service that has a long history of being used to
files. In fact, email messages were originally text files transferred
to Server menu makes traditional FTP software (programs like Fetch)
for many people. Here's how to do it.
to Server dialogue, if you type
to an anonymous ftp server (if available). This might be just what you
You'll be asked for authentication with user-name and password if that
doesn't offer an anonymous ftp service.
My web host,
maintains an optional anonymous ftp service-- so if I type
I go there, rather than to my (password-protected) folders, which is
I want to go.
If instead, you type
you'll get a
prompt, with the user name already filled in, waiting for you to enter
And if you
right in with
no log-in needed (assuming you typed everything correctly!). Of course,
that, anyone looking over your shoulder can read your password.
- Thanks to
author of Osborne Books' Mac
X Jaguar: The Complete Reference, for help in working this out.
that there's nothing mysterious about this; it's all standard Unix FTP
connected, a network
drive icon will appear on the desktop; opening it allows you to copy
to your Mac from the remote FTP host. Of course, performance will be
more sluggish than working on a local system or on a local area
(It appears that you can only copy to your Mac; to make changes to the
site, you'll still need a 'real' ftp program).
prefer to use
the Terminal's command line FTP service. That works fine, you just need
know a little bit more about what you're doing!