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UTORinfo: What is FTP, anyways?

(October 1999) Due to the increased restrictiveness of the new FTP server on, some FTP programs are now misbehaving. This includes the FTP software that we support on the Windows side of the world i.e. Rapid Filer or Rapid FTP.

Should you find yourself engaged in battle with one of these FTP programs, the only immediate solution we can offer is the WS-FTP LE program. This is readily available from many ftp sites including the following TUCOWS site:

If you install and use this program (about a 1MB download) you will have a new Start menu in the Programs list called WS_FTP LE and running that will start a similar ftp program that displays two windows, one for the local drive and the other for the remote system. The first window that opens allows you to create a "new" profile for the U of T web server where. Name it whatever you want (UofT) and for the host name you can use and your usual username. It is recommended that you not save your password in the profile but that is an option. About the only complaint is their idea of cute sounds if you have a sound card.


  1. What is FTP, anyways?
  2. Where can I find FTP Software?
  3. How To Transfer your HTML Files to the Web Server

What is FTP, anyways?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP allows you to transfer files of any sort from one computer to another. For those of you interested in the ugly details, please refer to rfc959.

Where can I find FTP Software?

Windows: See update above.

Macintosh: Fetch for Macintosh is free to users affiliated with an educational institution or charitable non-profit organization. You will need to fill out a Fetch Education/Charity License Application before being granted access to the software. Visit FetchSoftWorks.

How To Transfer Your HTML Files to the Web Server: A Basic Transfer

Windows 95/98 - See update at top of page.

Macintosh - Fetch 3.03

  1. Double click on the Fetch icon to start the program.
  2. A New Connection dialog should appear -- if it does not, choose New Connection... from the File menu.
  3. Type in the Host field; type your UTORid in the User ID field; type your UTORweb password in the Password field and type www-data in the Directory field. Click OK.
  4. A window with the title will open. Make sure that the radio button beside the option Automatic is chosen.
  5. To transfer your web pages from your Macintosh to the web server click the Put File ... button. A dialog box will appear - use this to locate your web page(s). Once found, select the file and click Open. A Put File dialog will appear. Click OK to begin the transfer - the cursor will turn into a little running dog until the transfer is complete.
  6. Choose Quit from the File menu to exit Fetch.

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