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So, looking for a new FTP Client. What's good these days? I've not checked into the newer stuff one lick. I've gotten to the point I now consider most programs to be a system threat to security and system stability unless I find out they are ok before using them. Even then, I try them on another system first.
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There has been alot of talk about downloaders that work with browsers.
I use a util that snags urls from the clipboard and then downloads the file. It has:
- speed limit control. Limit the amount of bandwidth it uses.
- multi threading. dl multiple files at the same time. This is an awesome feature. Download 1 or 100 files at the same time.
- Schedule/timer control. Start at a preset time.
- Queue control. Save/load the list of urls to be downloaded.
- Build a list and then download it later while you sleep.
- Tracks successes, failures, and log files.
- Full ftp client with bookmarks and standard bells & whistles.
- File resume.
- All kinds of options for attempts, retries...etc.
- Does not manipulate or tie into the browser at all so it works with all versions of Opera.
- Opera like size and speed (small and fast)
- 99% bullet proof. (I've crashed 5-6 times in 1000+ uses).
Best all around ftp/http downloader I've seen. From Opera, it is a simple right click and 'copy link address' ontop of a link to kick Leech into action. The nice thing is the speedlimit option and the schedule downloading.
It is Leechftp at: [linux.fh-heilbronn.de ]
By using it, I threw away wsftp, cuteftp, getright, and several other downloader utils.
Just downloaded it and was up and running in minutes; very intuitive and easy to use.
As a benchmark (albeit a strange one) I have just finished uploading an 800k site from China to the webserver in Norway in just under 30 minutes!
I Know, I Know, a long time for a relatively short upload. But please notice what I said; "from China.." I am currently in China where the internet is S L O W at the best of times, so this program has actually saved me about two hours of upload time.
I know what you mean Woz. Downloading the whole board here every couple of days used to be a long process. There are currently about 6000 files. With Cute ftp, it was taking hours. WIth leech it will do it in under 15mins on dsl, and about 30 on 56k.
I am an Aussie currently working in China, with Chinese family, a passion for China, who thinks he was perhaps Chinese in a past life, and ... well you get the idea.
Not only that, but I am doing contract work for Aussie people who work for Hong Kong companies and are setting up Chinese sites housed on Norwegian Servers.
Isn't the NET wonderfull..
The biggest challenge as I say is the speed, or lack thereof, of internet connections here, so LeechFTP has paid for itself (??? how can anything pay for itself if it is free ???) in minutes.
Will be checking back often
"The development of LeechFTP has not been continued for over a year now and I don't think there will ever be a new release of LeechFTP...
...successor of LeechFTP, called BitBeamer. BitBeamer will incorporate all of LeechFTP's features,"
I was reading the thread on content management [webmasterworld.com]. I'd like to upload entire directories and have Leech skip over any .jpg or .gif it encountered. I use Ultraedit to find and replace within a local directory, and rather than then having to go through and find the individual files buried in subdirectories and set them up in a queue, I'd simply upload the entire directory. This process hits a snag if I happen to forget there's a bunch of pics in some sub-directory. I currently run WS FTP and just downloaded Leech, but I don't see a way to do this in either one.
No it can't sort things by file extention. I wish it had that feature. What happens for me, is that the older jpg's and gifs will rise to the top of a list sorted by date. It is easy to spot where the "cut off point" is by date. There is also the directory compare function (the big question mark on the toolbar buttons) that finds the differences between two directories.