Art.Net: Help: File Manager Help


The Art.Net File Manager lets you access your account and files via a simple web interface. This interface complements the access functions available via FTP. The File Manager functions are:

Logging On

To use the File Manager you must first login by going to the Art.Net File Manager Login page. Enter your Art.Net account name and password. If they are correct you will then be presented with a Directory Listing of your files.

Directory Listing

The Directory Listing shows you a list of files and subdirectories in the directory you are currently connected to (which is displayed above the listing box). If an entry in the listing is a subdirectory, this will be indicated by a slash / following the directory name. If a file is an executable program, the name will be followed by an asterisk *.

Navigating through your Directory

You can connect to a subdirectory by selecting a single directory name in the listing, then clicking the Change directory button. You will then be presented with a list of files in the subdirectory. There is always an entry at the top of a listing for the current directory, and the parent directory. You can connect to the parent directory to move back up one level. Connecting to the current directory doesn't have much effect, other than to cause the directory contents to be re-read.

Optionally, you can type the name of the directory you wish to change to directly in the first text box and then select "Change Directory".

Viewing Files

You can view files by selecting any number of files in the directory listing, and then clicking the view button. A page will be displayed showing you the contents and size of any text files. Binary files will not be displayed. At the bottom of the page there is a button that will return you to the Directory Listing. HTML files are displayed as the actual HTML code, not as the formatted web page.

Editing Files

You can edit files by selecting any number of files to edit in the directory listing and then selecting the edit option. You can only edit text and html files less than 32k bytes in size. A page will be displayed showing a window for each file, with a Save Changes button at the top of each window. You can edit any of the files in the window, and then click the appropriate Save button to save your edits. The Save button only saves changes to the file displayed directly below it. The save will take place, but the edit page will remain on your display so you can make further changes. When you are done editing you can hit the Return to Directory Listing button at the bottom of the page (this does not do a Save). The edit option works well if you open a second window with your browser to display the actual web page you are editing. You can then make an edit in one window and display it in the other.

Deleting Files and Directories

You can delete any number of files or subdirectories by selecting the files to delete, and then the Delete option. If you select a subdirectory, then the directory and all of its contents will be deleted. You will be asked for confirmation before the deletion occurs.

Please note there is no undelete function on our server. Make sure you have a backup of any files you might need in the future.

Protecting Files and Directories

You can change access permissions for any number of files using this option. Simply select the file(s) you wish to change, and click on Protect.

The protect page is divided into three parts: The first part is the list of files you selected, along with their current protection. The second part, labeled Change File Protection allows you to set some common permissions on the file. The third part, labeled Advanced allows you more control over file permissions. You'll usually find that the advanced mode isn't necessary.

The three options for Change File Protection are as follows:

An executable file is a program that can be executed. This generally means cgi scripts. Ordinary html files, images, and so on do not need execute permission. If you select Execute, your file will be executable and readable by everybody, but only writable by you.
Read only
This is the normal mode for files you wish to be accessible to the public. The file will be readable and writable for you, and readable to the public.
This is for files that are for your use only. The file will be readable and writable for you, but completely unavailable to the public.

Advanced mode allows you to set the file permissions in detail. You can specify read, write and execute permissions for:

That's you. A file that's accessible only to the owner is accessible via the file manager or the ftp server, but not through the web server.
Group means your fellow artists on A file that's readable by group is available to any artist via the ftp server. In general, you probably want to always set group permissions the same as public permissions.
Public means everybody in the world, via the web server. You should make all your web files readable to the public. If they're cgi scripts, you should make them executable too. You should almost never make anything writable to the public.

Creating New Files and Directories

You can create a new empty file or a new empty subdirectory, by entering the new name in the appropriate text box and selecting the appropriate option.

Renaming Files and Directories

You can rename a file or directory by selecting a single file or directory in the listing box, and entering the new name in the text box, and then selecting the Rename option.

Copying Files and Directories

You can copy a file or directory by selecting a single file or directory in the listing box, and entering the new name in the text box, and then selecting the Copy option. If a directory is selected, a complete copy of all its contents will be made.

Uncompressing Files

You can uncompress files that were compressed in the gnu zip format. These should have a filename extension of .gz. Select the files to gunzip and then click on Gunzip. This will allow you to upload large files in compressed format to save on upload time.

Unzipping and Untaring File Archives

You can unpack a file archive that was created in the ZIP or TAR file formats. The filenames should end in either .zip or .tar. When you unpack the archive, the individual files making up the archive will be unpacked into the current directory. If it was a tar file, the file protection bits will be set to whatever they were when the tar file was created.

Uploading Files

You can upload files either though the ftp server or through the Upload file command. To use, enter the name of the file on your local machine into the name field, and click Upload file.