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Sending Large Files

When users need to transfer large files to collaborators elsewhere on the Internet, they should be shown how to schedule the upload. In Windows, an upload to a remote FTP server can be done using an FTP script file, which is atext file containing FTP commands, similar to the following (saved as c:\ftpscript.txt):

open ftp.ed.ac.uk
delete data.zip
put data.zip

To execute, type this from the command prompt:

ftp -s:c:\ftpscript.txt

On Windows NT, 2000 and XP computers, the command can be saved into a file such as transfer.cmd, and scheduled to run at night using the Scheduled Tasks (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Scheduled Tasks). In Unix, the same can be achieved by using "at" or "cron".

Last Update: 2007-01-24