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Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard by Glenn Fleishman

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FTP

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is an old-fashioned, bare-bones method of transferring files over the Internet. Typically, users connect to an FTP server with special client software that allows them to browse directories and upload or download files, as well as delete files and folders. The advantage of FTP is its universality, and for many purposes, especially when you have a disparate group of people who need to retrieve files, FTP may be the simplest way to handle it.

An FTP connection can persist across several file transfers or other operations, but it can also open and close for a single file. However, most FTP clients quietly reconnect using the user name and password that a user previously entered or stored in the Keychain on Mac OS X, ...

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