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Ascii or Binary (2 posts)

  • Started 14 years ago by BP
  • Latest reply 14 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • BP Member

    I've been asked if the Fetch program is sending the information in Binary Mode or Ascii. I am using a Mac. How can I find out?

    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    Fetch's default setting is to examine each file and automatically decide whether it should be uploaded as Binary or Text (ASCII). In general this means for text files, such as files ending in .txt or .html, it will use Text; otherwise it will upload files in Binary format.

    If you want to temporarily force Fetch to upload in one format or the other, before you upload, you can go to the Remote menu, choose Format, and choose either Binary or Text. Then all uploads for that session will be in that format; the next time you connect to the server Fetch will go back to Automatic mode. (These instructions apply to Fetch 5 or later.)

    You can also change which upload format Fetch uses permanently, let us know if you want information on doing that.

    Fetch 5.5 or later record which format was used to upload a file in the transcript window. After you upload a file, go to the Window menu, choose Fetch Transcript, and look for the file's name at the bottom of the transcript. You should see a line that says something similar to "Transfer of myfile.html as text file" or "Transfer of mypicture.jpg as binary file."

    If you believe Fetch is uploading files in the wrong format, let us know, and we'll look into it further.

    I hope this helps, and please let us know if you have further questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #


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