|Table of Contents|
|What is an FTP Client?||Transfer Mode|
|The Basic WS_FTPLE Interface||ASCII|
|Basic WS_FTPLE Commands||Binary|
|Rename||Ipswitch's New User Guide|
|View||Where To Get It|
DeleteOn both the local and remote systems, pressing the DELETE button after highlighting either a single or multiple files will remove them from whichever system the command is executed on. For example, from the image above, if I were to highlight "Case2.xls" on the remote system and press the DELETE button, this file would be removed from the remote system. The equivalent command that you would use if you were in a NERSP telnet session to remove this file would be: rm Case2.xls. This is the same command that WS_FTP automatically executes for you on the remote system when you press the DELETE button. Similarly, if you were trying to remove a file on the local system, WS_FTP would generate the necessary command which on a Win95 machine would be: delete filename.
RenameJust as with the delete function, highlighting a single file and pressing the RENAME button will allow you to rename a file on both the local and remote system. A window will pop up which will prompt you to enter the new filename.
RefreshEach time you transfer a file, it's often a good idea to refresh the view of the directory where the file was transferred (the destination directory). This is done by pressing the REFRESH button. However, usually the refresh feature executes automatically when a file is transferred. If you create and save a new file to a subdirectory on your micro that is open in WS_FTP, you must press REFRESH to have WS_FTP display that file. If you edit and save an existing file, the REFRESH will show the time and size of the just edited copy you saved. You can also use the Refresh button to de-select any selected directories or files.
ViewHighlighting a file one either the local or remote system and clicking the VIEW button will view the selected file with whichever text editor is specified in the user preferences. The default text viewer is notepad. When viewing files on the remote system, the file is downloaded in the local Windows temporary directory, and depending on the file size, can take some time to load. This feature is for ASCII files only. Do NOT use this feature with binary files.
ExecYou can associate any file extensions with an application (executable program) in the Associations properties. Select the file and then click the EXEC button. WS_FTPLE executes the file according to its file extension. A common example of this feature's use is with Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files. Highlighting a file with one of these extensions, and pressing the EXEC button (provided the file association is in the Associations properties), the appropriate application would automatically launch and display the selected file.
ASCIIA rule of thumb is to select ASCII transfer mode if the file being transferred is either a text (.txt) or HTML (.htm or .html) file. the end-of-line character varies among different computers. Sending text files in ASCII mode ensures that the EOL character is translated properly. Sending a binary file in ASCII transfer mode will provide an unusable file. Be careful to avoid this.
BinaryBinary mode is used for transferring files that are not text (ASCII files). Executable programs, word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, graphics files, and sound files are some examples of files that must be transferred in binary mode.
Any procedure on your micro that saves a file in a format that you cannot easily read when you enter "type filename.ext" from the DOS prompt must be transferred in binary mode.
AutoWhen checked, all files are transferred in binary mode unless the extension is listed on the Extensions tab. (WS_FTPLE stores the ASCII extensions in the ws_ftp.txt file). Extensions can be up to ten characters long and can contain periods. Note: These are not DOS extensions! Rather they are the ending characters of a filename. If you expect it to match on a period, you must put the period in the full name specification.