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Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

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  • Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

    What is the easiest way to transfer a text file from my server to another server?

    Gary
    Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


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    Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

    I do this by having 2 instances of my 3rd party FTP running. One for each server. Mouse over file you want to copy, copy it then go to the other server with the other FTP and paste.
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    • #3
      Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for the reply. I was actually wanting to do the file transfer with code from within the application. I have a text file that gets created and stored on my in-house server. I need to write code that will, at the click of a link or press of a button, send that file to someone else's server, via secure FTP. I have the address, username, password, etc. of the server I need to send to, but need help on what the code would be to send this file to that other server.

      Any ideas would be great!

      Gary
      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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      • #4
        Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

        You can create an FTP script in a text editor that logs in and transfers the file. Go to a CMD box on your computer and type FTP (press enter) then type ? (press enter) which should show a command set. The purpose of that is just to show you have an FTP command set right on your computer. Now, find a good reference on how to write an FTP script as a batch file. Call that from your program, etc.

        Another possible option is to use HTTP_POST() function. Not FTP, but it will transfer an unlimited amount of information across networks. Probably not what you want because you have to have code on the other server to recieve the post.
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          Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

          Thanks Steve. I was just looking at the help, and found the ftp_put_file() function.

          Do you (or does anyone) have any experience with using that?

          Gary
          Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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          • #6
            Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

            I am not sure if the main FTP functions work from WAS but ftp_script_run_silent works fine for us.

            Code:
            Dim FTPcoms as c
            FTPcoms = <<%ftp%
            connect|{ServerIP}
            onerror|error|Could not connect 
            login|{email}|{password}
            onerror|error|Could not log in 
            cd|{directory}
            put|{yourlocalfile}|{file.extension}
            quit%ftp%
            
            Dim FTPres as c
            FTPres = ftp_script_run_silent(FTPcoms)
            The cd|directory bit is only necessary if you are transferring to anything other than the root directory on the FTP server.
            Not sure what you mean by "secure" FTP?

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            • #7
              Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

              Andrea,

              I really appreciate that. I will study that and see if it works for me. Thanks!

              Gary
              Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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              • #8
                Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                Originally posted by drgarytraub View Post
                Andrea,

                I really appreciate that. I will study that and see if it works for me. Thanks!

                Gary
                I haven't tried the other FTP functions in a while but when I originally did this was the only one that seemed to work for uploading files. The ftp listing functions (to list files on an FTP site) worked on the web though but that is not useful in this situation I guess!

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                • #9
                  Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                  Hi Andrea,

                  I recently needed to get some files from a secure ftp site using the sftp protocol. The party supplying the files suggested using a free program called winSCP3 and since I could not find anything in the Alpha docs that suggested any of the built in functions supported sftp I went with winSCP.

                  Do you know if alpha's functions support sftp?

                  winSCP is working well for us but Gary did mention in his second post that he was looking for "secure ftp". I call winSCP with a command line using Alpha's sys_shell_wait()
                  Tim Kiebert
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                  • #10
                    Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                    It doesn't look like it allows for sftp at the moment but I was not sure what he meant by "secure ftp".

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                      Thanks,
                      Am new to the ftp thingy as well, at least from the automation side, so thought I might have been missing something.
                      Tim Kiebert
                      Eagle Creek Citrus
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                      • #12
                        Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                        It was my understanding that sftp and Secure ftp are the same thing - and is required for transmitting certain types of sensitive data.

                        Tim,

                        Can you use sys_shell from the WAS - I didn't think you could?

                        Gary
                        Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                          I do have another option that would suffice for what I am trying to do. I could go the other server's web site. From there, there is a upload field, with a browse button, allowing user to search their computer for a file to upload to that server. This would be easy for a desktop application because all the files would reside on the user's computer. But in the WAS, the files are on the server of course. When I go to that other site, and browse for a file to upload, I only have access to files on my local computer. How can I upload a file from the server to the other server?

                          Gary
                          Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                            Originally posted by drgarytraub View Post
                            It was my understanding that sftp and Secure ftp are the same thing - and is required for transmitting certain types of sensitive data.

                            Tim,

                            Can you use sys_shell from the WAS - I didn't think you could?

                            Gary
                            Gary,
                            My apologies. I should have specified that my usage was on the desktop side. My reason for posting was to both bring attention to the fact you were probably looking to use sftp and also if anyone had any info on whether Alpha has that capability. It looks like my initial investigations are correct and that alpha at this stage can't handle that.

                            Whether sys_shell works from the app server I have no idea. i have no expereience with the WAS apart from following the forum a bit.


                            My intuition says that if you triggerred a script that used sys_shell and fed it all the info such as the files to transfer using vaiables that it might work. But intuition (especially the male kind ) is often flawed.
                            Tim Kiebert
                            Eagle Creek Citrus
                            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Best way to transfer file from the server to another server - ftp? how?

                              Tim,

                              No "apologies" needed. In fact, I appreciate that you took the time to try to help. :)
                              Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

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