The basic principle of an FTP profile is that all or selected files in one directory are copied to an FTP server or other computer using FTP protocol.
The figure shows a typical FTP profile.
Features include :-
- A series of file masks can be used to select a variety of files.
In the example only .exe files have been selected for uploading.
- If files are older than a defined Don't FTP Before Date, they are not processed.
- A cache directory can be defined.
This means that a file will only be uploaded if the file in the cache directory is different to the one in the source directory. If no cache directory is defined, then all files are uploaded.
- The FTP parameters must be specified.
- The cache directory can be cleared using Clear Cache and the FTP site can be cleared using Clear FTP Site.
- Process FTP is a full FTP processor, than can do detailed processing on the FTP site.
- More is a catch all the rest command that does lots of little but important tasks.
The most important is testing that the right FTP parameters have been entered.
Note that up to thirty different profiles can be defined to setup different transfers.
If you are using different types of transfer, it is a good idea to define them together. For instance, backup transfers in positions 1-10, FTP in 11-20 and zipping in 21-30.