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File Transfer Protocol Task

First you need an FTP client for your computer. The two we recommend are FileZilla (for Windows - free) and Fetch (for Macs - free). Download and install and then explore one for your system

PC: FileZilla FileZilla Download page
Mac: Fetch Fetch Download page

For help, make sure you check out the the help files for either program and consult the programs website. For general help on what ftp is you can take a look at a Quick Introduction to FTP its a great general intro to ftp and would be useful for both mac and pc users alike

Next: You are to ftp to recall.curtin.edu.au . You will use anonymous login. When there:

Look at the directory structure.

Find the file called README

Then download the file, look at it and answer the following question

"according to the readme file, '_______ MATTERS' - what word goes in the blank?".

* ATTENTION MAC, OS/2, MS-DOS and MS-WINDOWS users: This server runs on a unix platform, so CAPITALIZATION MATTERS! A file named "file.txt" IS NOT THE SAME as "FILE.TXT" ------------------------------------------------------------------- * Converting and compressing files: Sailor's ftp server can compress files on the fly, using the following forms of compression and file extensions: compression method extension ------------------ --------- GNU zip (gzip) .gz unix compress .Z info-zip .zip The info-zip format is compatible with PKZIP, popular on many MS-DOS, MS-Windows and Windows '95 systems. All compression techniques require you to set your transfer mode to BINARY. Getting a file with a particular compression type is as simple as asking for it. For example, if you want to get the file "wifrb10.txt" in gzip format, use the following commands: (The server's response is left out here) ftp> binary ftp> get wifrb10.txt.gz For compatibility with file systems that allow only "8.3" file names, (or systems that allow only one dot in a filename), our server is configured to allow you to replace the ".txt" extension with the extension of the compressed file. For example, to get the file above, with an 8.3 file name, you could have issued the commands: ftp> binary ftp> get wifrb10.gz For files with an extension other than ".txt", this method will not work - however, your ftp client will probably allow you to specify the local filename on the command line - so, to get the file "INDEXALL.GUT" in zip format with a ".zip" extension, you would use these commands: ftp> binary ftp> get INDEXALL.GUT.zip indexall.zip Since many web browsers don't allow you to get ftp files that don't appear in the listings, we have included the .zip files in the Gutenberg archives. --------------------------------------------------------------

Turns out CAPITALIZATION matters. Which then lead me on a thorough search of all the files on the server for a file named README.txt as opposed to the readme.txt I originally opened. Of course logic would say the first file provided my answer so why would it be the incorrect file? Go figure - I can be pedantic sometimes.

I have used Filezilla before and since I also play around in Dreamweaver with my brother's website I have actually used ftp a fair amount, uploading & downloading files from his website server.

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