Accessing your Anonymous FTP Site
Anonymous ftp space can be attached to any publishing service
on request. Having anonymous ftp space allows you to publish and
receive data using standard ftp applications. It also allows others
to transfer data to your "incoming" directory or retrieve
data you have published outside of our "incoming" directory.
To make files available for download, you would log into your
FTP account with your login and password, this will put you inside
your home directory. From there you would go into your FTP directory.
You can put files in or make directories as you please, whatever
suits your needs. Make sure that any file you wish to make available
for download is world readable, meaning the permissions would be
(-rw-r--r--) for files and (drwxr-xr-x) for directories or they
will not be accessible. If you are comfortable using a UNIX shell
you can issue the command "chmod 644 filename" to make
the file available for public download or "chmod 755 dirname"
to make the directory publicly browsable. Most modern ftp clients
(Fetch on the Mac, and CuteFTP on the PC) allow you to set these
privileges from within the application.
The incoming directory is the only directory you can use for incoming
file transfers. The incoming directory is secure. Files copied into
that directory cannot be downloaded or moved by anyone but yourself.
You can create additional directories as necessary but none will
be available for incoming file transfers. If you wish to prevent
people from uploading files just simply remove the incoming directory.
How Others Access Your Site
Others gain access to your FTP space by using an FTP client to
connect to your FTP site which is also the hostname were your account
resides, I.E. "u2.netgate.net". In order for someone else to access
your site they must use an FTP client and use the login id of "anonymous"
or "ftp", they would then use their e-mail address as
their password. When they log on anonymously, the FTP site will
place them into the root FTP directory, they will then need to enter
the directory "/u/" where there will be a listing of all
FTP accounts on that server. They then go into your user folder
where they may download the files you've made available to them.
An example of the directory tree would be:
How can I prevent others from being able to upload
files into my public ftp space?
To prevent others from being able to upload files just
delete the "incoming" directory. From the UNIX shell
type "rmdir incoming" to remove the directory.
Can I setup private (password protected) directories
for upload or download?