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Can "Package Files" be transferred w/ Fetch 5.6? (2 posts)
- Started 3 years ago by Tony Arroyo
- Latest reply 3 years ago from Scott McGuire
Tony Arroyo Member
I own Fetch 4.07 and cannot transfer "Package Files" with the Put command, they are grayed out. An example file I need to transfer is a "file_name.qdfm" i.e., a Quicken Package file. The only way to do this in Fetch 4.07 is to compress the file to a zip file and then transfer the zipped archive.
Can the new Fetch do this transfer without zipping first?
Scott McGuire Administrator
The answer is a qualified yes: Fetch 5.6 will let you select package files with the Put command, and upload them. However, in general, you shouldn't upload them without zipping them regardless.
The problem is that package files are really folders that contain a bunch of files, but Mac OS X treats them as if they were a single file. Unfortunately, FTP servers do not recognize or understand packages; so the files appear to turn into folders when you upload them, and the special Macintosh information that makes them behave as single files on a Macintosh is usually lost when you download them again. So when you download the former file again, it is downloaded as a regular folder, instead of a package.
So we recommend that any package file you want to transfer should be zipped first before you upload it.
However, Fetch 5.6 makes this easier for you to do, since Fetch can do the zipping for you as part of the upload, instead of you having to do it as a separate step. In Fetch 5.6, the Put dialog has a "Zip Archive" option in Format pop-up menu, and so you can select the package file, choose Zip Archive from the Format menu, and then Fetch will zip and upload the file for you.
Please let us know if you have further questions.
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