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    Question Quick Q: What is anonymous ftp?

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    It's a ftp account where ppl can upload and/or download files. They can go to ftp://yourdomain.com/whateva/ and upload or download stuff with having and account.
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    ...with*out* having an- account.
    What is the rationale behind having access to resources in this fashion? Why can't people simply upload/download in a more traditional sense by simple webpage/website???

    To me, anonymous FTP is synonymous with uploading/downloading from a website, but without things like links, etc. ...Seems pointless...

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    Actually it ain't pointless. Uploads from a webpage might now be possible or you want a simpler way of doing things. This is quite usefull when it comes to multiple files which you don't want to link them in your website pages.

    This is quite common on linux/BSD distros or other freeware big files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabron View Post
    Actually it ain't pointless. Uploads from a webpage might now be possible...
    So you're saying that uploads weren't possible without anonymous FTP???


    Quote Originally Posted by cabron View Post
    or you want a simpler way of doing things.
    Sorry, but I'm a bit confused here. Anonymous FTP requires an actual FTP-capable prograam such as WinSCP, FlashFXP, FileZilla, etc, correct? If correct, then you have to first download a client, install it, have either the domain name or IP address at hand, and then, given you have the correct settings applied, connect to the server, locate your file, and then download it...

    If I'm right about all this, then how is this easier than a simple webpage that has some sort of "submit" or "browse-to-file" button???

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    Is anonymous FTP where you can download something via FTP inside your browser?

    Thanks, and sorry for all the Qs.

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    Why can't people simply upload/download in a more traditional sense by simple webpage/website???
    I would say that FTP is the traditional way. It was built for file transfer.

    Surprising or not, I prefer to use FTP when taking care of my sites instead of the file manager that can be found in the hosting control panel. I feel it's more productive to deal with files this way. If you don't, that's certainly your prerogative.

    if correct, then you have to first download a client, install it, have either the domain name or IP address at hand, and then, given you have the correct settings applied, connect to the server,
    All that needs to be done only once.
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    The file upload functionality available from forms in web pages becomes extremely inefficient with files over 2Mb in size. Fore all files over about 200k in size FTP is a much more efficient way of transferring files than http. Also http is intended mainly to download web pages while ftp is intended to transfer files of any size in either direction.

    Using just http without ftp is kind of like saying that a car provides a roof over your head so why do people live in houses rather than just living in their car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc
    I would say that FTP is the traditional way. It was built for file transfer.
    That's true, however, websites were designed for people who don't know and shouldn't have to know how to use FTP programs.

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    All that needs to be done only once.
    That's true.



    Quote Originally Posted by felgall
    The file upload functionality available from forms in web pages becomes extremely inefficient with files over 2Mb in size. Fore all files over about 200k in size FTP is a much more efficient way of transferring files than http.
    I never really thought about this, but it does make sense. Where did you discover these facts though? It sounds as if HTTP and FTP should be "combined". Possibly, an HTFTP, anyone???


    Quote Originally Posted by felgall
    Also http is intended mainly to download web pages while ftp is intended to transfer files of any size in either direction.

    Using just http without ftp is kind of like saying that a car provides a roof over your head so why do people live in houses rather than just living in their car.
    I dunno, but that raises a good point... Why do humans even have to have their own home? Why can't we all just live together in one big colony, like ants? We would assign the labor to the females, force one women to be our queen *Jessica Simpson*, and bravely serve our society with what little use us "males" are good for: laying around until the queen needed us.


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    Using the Internets File Transfer Protocol (FTP), anonymous FTP is a method for giving users access to files so that they dont need to identify themselves to the server. Using an FTP program or the FTP command interface, the user enters "anonymous" as a user ID. Usually, the password is defaulted or furnished by the FTP server. Anonymous FTP is a common way to get access to a server in order to view or download files that are publicly available.
    This kind of services is offered by many cmpanies.

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    look at it this way.....ftp came first....it was used to upload files to server, when http was pretty primitive.....nowadays, you can upload files directly via http.....compared to http, but ftp is a core file transfer thing.....
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