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    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2010
    Unhappy FTP in Safari
    Hi there.
    I'm in a band, and my guitarist has recently set up an FTP server-type thing so we can all easily upload and download recordings of riffs, Guitar Pro files, etc.
    The problem is, when I put the link for the server in Safari's address bar, It:

    1. Opens Connect To Server
    2. Connects
    3. Asks for name and password
    4. I get a warning saying "Finder cannot complete the operation 'cause some data in (server name) could not be written or read."
    (Error code -36)

    I've successfully used Firefox to get on the server. There's no reason why Safari shouldn't be able to.
    And I would MUCH prefer if I didn't have to download an FTP program.
    Any tips?

  2. #2

    chas_m's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    I believe the reason for this is because Safari's "ftp://" command mounts sites as READ-ONLY.

    Yes, that's stupid. No, I don't know why it does that.

    Just use FF for this purpose, or use a "real" FTP program.

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    mmelen's Avatar
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    Mar 11, 2010
    Ithaca, NY
    Safari, and all other internet browsers, are horrible at FTP.

    I would recommend downloading an FTP client. There are some really great ones that are free, small, and simple. When I used one, I had a PC and used Winscp - I'm not sure if they are available for Macs or have Mac compatibility though.

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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    I have always much preferred a real FTP client. For the Mac a good Free client is Cyberduck. Many here at Mac Forums use it.

    I prefer Transmit myself but it's a pay client.

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    Oct 19, 2008
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    Cyberduck is good (use it extensively here). Just got Flow and haven't tried it much but it looks promising.

    You're really not going to get a good FTP experience with a browser as others have mentioned. An FTP client really is the way to go.
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