Accessing ftp on Mac OS X?


#1

Anyone have instructions? I am on the xevious server, I just can’t seem to access my FTP via my ibook ‘connect to server’ feature. Any tips?

Also I was wondering if making my site secure (https) would nullify a ‘block’ on the site.


#2

Do you know if you can access other FTP sites ok from your location? FTP can be problematic with certain firewalls/NAT appliances.

My personal recommendation is to enable SSH for your account in the Panel, download Fugu and use SFTP instead of FTP. It doesn’t suffer from the same problems FTP does and, unlike FTP, using SFTP you don’t send your password across the internet in plain text.

Also I was wondering if making my site secure (https) would nullify a ‘block’ on the site.

Please explain what you mean by a “block on the site”. Using SSL for your web site is only necessary if you’re transmitting sensitive information (eg, passwords, credit card numbers, e-mail, etc).


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#3

Above all commandments exists the highest of all, “DO NOT USE MAC OS X’S CONNECT TO SERVER FEATURE!” ::ahem:: It’s unstable and insecure. If you can activate SSH, then use Fugu as mentioned above. If you’d rather go for normal FTP, then use either RBrowserLite or Cyberduck.


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#4

I would qualify that: “Don’t use connect-to-server for FTP”. It’s fine for afp, smb, nfs, and http (webdav). The connect-to-server ftp client is really bad for a variety of reasons; a big one is that it’s read-only, so you can only download with it, not upload.


#5

Good point. I can’t believe I forgot to mention that. Off to the Idiot Lounge I go…


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#6

Have you tried using Panic’s Transmit software?


#7

No, and I’d rather not pay $17.95 when Fugu, Cyberduck, and RBrowserLite are all free.


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#8

Fetch for FTP works great, never had a problem with it. I use “connect to server” for internal networking and ssh only.


#9

I also agree, Transmit is by far the best. You do get what you pay for and $17.95 is not a bad price for great software.

I’ve tried those others and Transmit definitely is better.

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#10

I also use Transmit myself. It’s at least as nice as Fugu for SFTP, and I rarely use FTP these days, but it’s handy to have a client around just in case and Transmit is far nicer than RBrowser Lite, which I hated when I tried it out a few years back.


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