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FTP via MS Windows to upload or
download binary files, graphics and text files
Be sure your file names have no spaces or slashes ("/"). The mason server does not recognize such file names with spaces.
1. Click on the Start button (bottom of Windows screen), then click on Run.
2. Type ftp in the text box after the "Open:" prompt. Click the OK button. The "ftp>" prompt will appear.
["FTP" stands for File Transfer Protocol, a format used when transferring files from one computer to another.]
3. At the ftp> prompt, type open mason.gmu.edu and press ENTER.
4. Type your login name [wo. the extension] after the "User:" prompt and press ENTER.
5. Type your mason password after the "Password:" prompt and press ENTER.
6. At the "ftp>" prompt, type lcd a:\ OR
lcd c:\ [or whatever drive your file is on]
7. Type binary after the "ftp>" prompt. Press ENTER.
8. Type put filename.ext (Substitute your file name, including the extension, for "filename.ext".) Press ENTER.
9. When finished, type quit at the "ftp>" prompt . Press ENTER to exit .
To Attach a File (residing in your mason/osf1.gmu.edu> home directory)
to an e-mail message, scroll down to the
To download a file from your mason account to your home PC:
Use the steps above, but in # 8, type get filename.ext instead
of put filename.txt
I recommend using the lcd a:\ option so it will be easier to find your file.
Press ENTER, then quit as above.
For an elegant, graphical way to upload and download files, use WSftp (PC) [WSftp instructions] or Fetch (MAC)
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