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2:54 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ok... Ive looked and looked, and to no avail. I simply need a starting point to learn how to allow a user to upload files via FTP. I know I may ask basic questions, and that may be quite boring for all you gurus.. (respectfully) Ive managed to get all my sites online, configure user names and passwords, and all the basic stuff on my own. Am I asking the wrong questions or just not asking challangeing questions? No, I am not a computer programmer, nor a rocket scientest.

Basicly, point your finger in the general direction you want me to go and ill get there. I realize the answers are probably right in front of me.....you all know how that is, right?

3:18 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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appleman,

This is not instant messaging, so answers will not necessarily be instant. And you may simply be asking questions that those of us who've read your posts don't know the answer to. For example, I *think* that FTP is part of the programs bundled with your operating system, and not part of Apache at all - Apache is an HTTP server, and you'll need to have an FTP server as well - they are different servers for two different protocols as far as I know.

Hang in there, and also try searching the WebmasterWorld library (link at top of this page), this whole site, and the web too, if you can't wait for an expert to stop by. This will also help tighten the focus of the questions you do have.

I'd rather give you no answer than a wrong answer. Others probably feel the same.

Best,
Jim

3:41 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Jim,
Now I have something to go on here. I have found nothing in WebMaster World on the subject. However I ran across this link http://www.covalent.net/support/docs/ers/2.0.0/productguide/html/ftpmodule.html

Also, Im sorry for adding these links, am I out of line? Please let me know

appleman58

[edited by: jdMorgan at 3:54 am (utc) on Jan. 20, 2004]
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12:29 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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FTP is a protocol independent from HTTP. It is traditionally served from Port 21, compared to port 80 for HTTP.

I remember hearing that Apache has some form of FTP server bundled, but I couldn't sweaqr on it.

Do a search for FTP server on google and you should find plenty, including free ones. I personally am using GuildFTPd, not out of preference, but because my host set it up, and it works well enough and I had never reason to replace it.

I suposed the biggest difference between FTP servers is in how much user management they let you do, like setting limited on speed and quantities.

Hope that'll get you started.

SN

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What are you trying to achieve exactly, and on what platform is your server?

TJ

1:08 pm on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>I simply need a starting point to learn how to allow a user to upload files via FTP.

The really simple way is ftp://DomainName.com. If you allow anonymous FTP to all directories they can have a ball. Otherwise they should be asked to login with a valid user name and password (as set in your hosting control panel) and then they can upload files according to the permissions you have allowed.

The same thing can be done from a piece of FTP software (I like CuteFTP, but each to their own).

Hope this helps :)