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Perform direct site-to-site FTP with any FTP client
Authored by: Mikey-San on Aug 14, '03 01:48:38PM

I'm watching the output of fs_usage right now, and it doesn't appear to copy the file to your machine first (no long instances of "write" commands are being dumped). It appears that it's just taking information from one volume and sending it to the next. Remember that FTP servers, when mounted in the Finder, are mounted in /Volumes.

Are you guys saying that if I mount my FireWire drive and drag a bunch of stuff into the Transmit window, I'm copying that stuff over to my HD first? I don't think so, and it's essentially--to the Finder, anyway--the same thing.

EVEN IF it's just an illusion, isn't a mighty convenient way of doing things when you need to, without having extra things around.

But unless fs_usage is lying to me, it works as it appears.



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Perform direct site-to-site FTP with any FTP client
Authored by: Mikey-San on Aug 14, '03 01:54:07PM

Crap. Forgot to add this:

It appears to (and would thus suck for modem users) use your rig's bandwidth as an in-between. (Wanted to acknowledge that since it was pointed out.)

Still worth being able to do, though, since not all servers can do direct transfer to other servers. :-/



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Perform direct site-to-site FTP with any FTP client
Authored by: jimmatthews on Aug 14, '03 04:06:58PM

You won't see anything with fs_usage because the data isn't going to disk, it's going network->RAM->network.

By default Fetch's server-to-server transfers work this way as well, but you can choose "Direct server-server transfers" in the Misc. section of Preferences to make the transfer go directly between the two servers. It won't work if the servers are configured to only accept transfers from the IP address of the logged-in client (which is why it's off by default), but if the servers allow 3rd party transfers it can be very handy (and fast).

Jim Matthews
Fetch Softworks



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