The RBF FTP Site is for the exclusive use of RBF, its employees, clients and
subconsultants. Files placed on the site should be compressed
whenever possible and if the file size totals more than 5MB, please notify the
RBF webmaster, ahead of time. Files left on the site will be removed every Monday
following one week on the site. The site is not to be used for personal use.
If you have questions or problems using the RBF FTP Site, please contact email@example.com
Access to FTP Site*
* For AOL Users, please connect to Internet first then
use non-AOL proprietary browser to access our website.
To upload a file, please access the RBF Private FTP
Site which requires a username and password that can
be obtained from your contact at RBF.
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Using the FTP Site with a Web
The Mozilla Firefox browser does not support drag and drop FTP access. To access the RBF FTP site in a browser, always use Internet Explorer.
- Click (single-click if you are using Netscape Navigator, or double-click
if you are using Internet Explorer) on the file you wish to retrieve.
- A windows prompt will ask you what you would like
to do with the file, giving you the option to 'Open
It' or 'Save This File To Disk'. Choose
the 'Save This File To Disk' option and then
choose the desired name and location to place the
file on your computer.
- If you don't receive the above mentioned window
to prompt you to save the file, place your cursor
over the file that you desire to download and right
click (control click for Mac) once. A window will
appear with several options. Choose 'Save Link
As' (or 'Copy To Folder' in IE) and then
choose the file directory where you would like the
file to be saved on your computer.
- If your browser "hangs" when you click
on a folder to go to a sub-directory, first click
the Stop button and then click the Refresh/Reload
button. The files within the sub-directory should
- Uploading a File (with Internet
- Access the RBF's Private FTP Site. This requires
a username and a password.
- If you cannot see any files or folders when you
access the FTP site, or if you get an "HTTP 404
File Cannot Be Found" message from your browser,
make sure that your browser has the FTP option enabled.
To check for this, go to your 'Start' button
and choose 'Settings' then 'Control Panel'.
Double-click on 'Internet Options' and choose
the 'Advanced' tab at the top of the window.
Make sure the box labeled 'Enable folder view for
FTP sites' is checked and then click 'OK'.
- When using Internet Explorer, you can perform a
"drag-and-drop" to upload a file from your
computer. To do this, locate the file which you would
like to upload by using 'Windows Explorer' (or by
clicking on the 'My Computer' icon on your
desktop). Click and hold onto the file that you wish
to upload, then drag your cursor into the window that
is displaying the RBF FTP site. This will copy the
file into the RBF FTP site.
- Another method you can use to upload is to copy
and paste your file. To copy the file, right click
on the file and choose 'copy' then right click
in the body of the RBF FTP site and choose 'paste.'
This will copy the file from your hard drive into
the RBF FTP site.
If your browser "hangs" when you click on
a folder to go to a sub-directory, first click the Stop
button and then click the Refresh/Reload button.
The files within the sub-directory should then display.
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Compressing Files for the FTP
Files placed on the FTP Site should be compressed to reduce the size of the
file. This can greatly reduce the amount of transfer time. To compress a file
you will need some sort of compression software such as WinZip or PKZip (from
PKWare.com.) Zipped files
should also be converted into self-extracting executable files (.exe's) to make
it possible to expand these files without requiring any expansion software.
- Click on the New button and type in the name
for the output .zip file
- Optional: To password protect your zip file
Go to Option and select Password.
- Click on the Add button and select the files
you want to compress.
The files have now been compressed.
- After creating the zip file, go to Actions
and select Make.Exe to create a self-extracting
- Select the zip file and hit Ok.
- Exit out of Winzip and you are now ready to upload
your .exe file.
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- At the DOS prompt, go to the directory where PKZip
- From the DOS prompt, type: pkzip
-s [zip file] [files you want to compress]
The -s option allows for password protection and
this is optional.
- To create a self extracting zipped
file, from the DOS prompt,
type: zip2exe [zipfile]
- Now you are ready to upload
For more instructions on PKzip, type: pkzip
Uncompressing Files from
the FTP Site
Ideally, compressed files placed on the FTP Site are
self-extracting executables where by just double clicking
on the file will expand it automatically. However, if
the compressed files are not self extracting executables,
you will need some type of expansion software such as
WinZip or PKZip (from PKWare.com.)
- Click on the Open button and select the compress
file that you wish to extract.
- Click on the Extract button to extract by
selecting a file or by all files. You can also choose
a destination folder to extract your files to.
- Click on Extract.
- Your files have now been extracted.
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- At the DOS prompt, go to the directory where PKUnzip
- From the DOS prompt, type: pkunzip
[zip file] [destination folder]
- For more instructions on PKUnzip, type: pkunzip