FAQ: Why can't I log into my Tiscali site Why can't I upload files ?
by Iain Low
Here are some thoughts, based on my own recent experiences.
(and some very old Unix theory of using Ftp).
Q - Why is my Tiscali login rejected?
A1 - You're not dialled in through Tiscali (LineOne won't do).
A3 - You're already logged in as a result of a previous failed attempt to upload files. (wait 30 mins [Tiscali says 1800 secs] and you'll be logged out automaticallyfrom your old session).
Note: depending on your Ftp client, Tiscali may allow you to connect, but not transfer files, when you connect from another ISP. It politely refers you to the AUP.
A - This is the thorny old question of Filetype. The simple fact is that the Ftp Server needs to know what type of file you're sending.
Is it pure Text (known as ascii), or is it binary?
Files with suffix txt are obviously text (ascii) files. Files with suffix gif or jpg are obviously binary. Files with suffix htm or html are not so obvious.
HTML is text, but who produces pure html anyway? The Tiscali Ftp server
It's safer to treat them as Binary files by default.
LEECH Ftp - Has a setting - File> Options> File Types, which shows which suffixes it will regard as pure text, or "Type A". By default, it includes .txt, .htm, .html, .nfo, .diz.
LE - By default, WS_FTP LE does not treat .htm and .html files as text
(ascii). It only treats .txt files as text (check out Options> Extensions).
So, "out of the box", you have a better chance of it uploading
Also, under "Session (cont'd)" you will see the "Startup Transfer Mode" is set to "Binary". This is the safe, if slower, setting.
Q - Why do my files just sit in the queue, but not upload (using Leech Ftp)
A - Back to LEECH Ftp for a moment - If you connect ok to Tiscali, select your files, choose "Upload", and Leech just places your files in the queue, but nothing is uploaded, check out the "Threads" tab.
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