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Anyone know of a good client/host directory synchronizer?

6:05 pm on Sep 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

As my site gets bigger and bigger I am finding it difficult to keep track of what changes need to be uploaded to my hosted site (I do most changes locally under Windows before uploading).

I was wondering if anyone knew of any good and secure FTP, SCP, or other protocol software that would allow me to quickly determine what the differences between any local and remote directories are. So that I could then upload the changed files.

It would be ideal if such a program could be run from a DOS batch file too as well as having a GUI front end.

I say secure because even though some FTP programs have such a local/remote comparision capability they are not secure in the sense that the username and password used to access my hosted directories are transmitted to the server in the clear. Without first being encrypted.

Any suggestions would be very appreciated.



2:13 am on Sept 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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WS_FTP Pro has a sync function that will do this...and they support 128-Bit SSL connections, so it should cover your requirements.


6:31 am on Sept 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Dreamweaver handles that pretty well.

Jeremy French

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6:32 am on Sept 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I would recommend nothing but "FTP Voyager". It works magic :)


6:40 am on Sept 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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No, don't be messing with an FTP client that adds synching in as an option - go straight to the real thing. Two excellent utilities are Netload from Aerosoft in Australia and Site Publisher from Helexis.
We switched to the latter after years with Netload. Site publisher is multi-threaded when it comes to the uploads, and is able to store site-specific settings, whereas Netload is one size fits all. The interface isn't as pretty, but it's a lovely program.
Both great (and cheap) tools - couldn't live without one or the other of them. Mat