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Text ftp transfer from windows to mac (2 posts)

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

    Poor Scott - you seem very busy. Sorry to add to your burdens.

    I have used Fetch 4.0.3 for many years for general ftp but also to import Eudora mail boxes from a windows server to a mac laptop (bit weird I know). To do this correctly, you have to select "text" format for the transfer and it converts to the CR/LF to CR or LF (or whatever it does). It has always worked perfectly.

    I have a new macbook pro laptop (OS X 1.5.8). I downloaded Fetch 5.5.1 the other day with intent to trying it and upgrading. I found that there is no little window to select the transfer type like in 4.0.3. When I set the default file transfer type for download to "text" in preferences, the file transferred was not converted correctly. Even a file that was filename.txt (txt extension) was not converted.

    I downloaded the same file using 4.0.3 on my old mac and transferred it to my new laptop via USB and no problem. Has something changed? Am I missing something. I really need this to work before I can purchase again.



    Posted 14 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Lloyd,

    No need to apologize - I'm here to help!

    Good news, there is a definitely way to tell Fetch 5.5.1 to transfer files in Text format.

    In Fetch 5.5.1, if you go to the Remote menu, you will see two submenus - Mode and Format. To force files to be downloaded as Text, choose Text from the Mode submenu. To force files to be uploaded as Text, choose Text from the Format menu. You can tell which is associated with what action because they are grouped together in the Remote menu with Get and Put - Mode appears below Get (download) and Format appears below Put (upload).

    You can also add buttons for changing the Mode and Format settings to the toolbar, for easier access. To do this, go to the View menu, choose Customize Toolbar, and then drag the Mode and Format buttons to your toolbar (I recommend putting them next to the Get and Put buttons, as appropriate, but you can pick any location). The click the button, and you'll get a pop-up menu for choosing the format.

    And finally, you may need to adjust the "Text file line endings" preference in the Downloads Preference pane, because the default setting in Fetch 5.5.1 is different from 4.0.3. In Fetch 5.5.1, the default setting is "Mac OS X and UNIX," which is just Linefeeds (LF). In Fetch 4.0.3, the default setting was "Mac OS (9 and earlier)," which is just CR. You should try the default, and if it doesn't do what you want, try the other one; I'm not sure which one would be best for coverting Eudora mailboxes, but given Eudora's age, I suspect it might be the old one.

    Please let me know if this doesn't do what you want, or if you have more questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 14 years ago #


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