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  • Started 19 years ago by Barbara
  • Latest reply 19 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • Barbara Member

    I originally designed a friends website when we were both with AOL. I have since moved to and find I can no longer upload to her AOL site the file changes I have recently made. I have pulled up her main directory and can download files from it, I just can not upload new one. I have a DSL hookup, it that matters. I do know her password and screenname, although the password it asks for is her full screename, which I have used. I keep coming up with the message:

    Server response: Only "incoming" directories are guest writable.

    Unfortunately I don't understand what this means or how to rectify it. Can you help me out here?


    Posted 19 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Connecting to AOL web space can be tricky; a user contributed this entry to the Fetch FAQ (

    How do I connect to my AOL web/FTP space?

    VIA DIALUP: If you are an AOL subscriber you will be able to use Fetch to connect to your AOL web space by logging into AOL via dialup with your AOL software and then entering the following in the Fetch New Connection window:

    User ID: ftp
    (replacing "your-AOL-screenname" with your screen name).

    VIA BYOA (Bring Your Own Access, i.e. you are connecting to AOL over an existing Internet connection, such as a DSL or cable modem link): The OS X AOL software will not allow you to directly access your AOL web/FTP space via Fetch when you use AOL's "bring your own access" service. However there is a workaround: Log onto AOL in BYOA mode using the Classic (Mac OS 9) version of the AOL software (AOL version 5.0). To download AOL 5.0 for Mac click here: . Once you are signed on to AOL version 5.0 Fetch will be able to access your web/FTP space when you enter the information above in the Fetch New Connection window.

    Important note: You must be logged on to AOL with your screen name in order for Fetch to access your AOL web/FTP space, whether via dialup or BYOA. If you are one of those AOL users whose billing plan is “light usage,” where charges are incurred for every minute signed on, you can avoid those charges by entering a “free” area via keywords such as “billing”. Fetch will work normally while you are in a free AOL area.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    [This message has been edited by JimMatthews (edited 07-23-2004).]

    Posted 19 years ago #

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