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« on: May 07, 2008, 12:17 »
At least for me. I upload large batch of pictures and two random appear in my queue. When I connect to FTP server my directory there is empty. It must be some very smart processing in place :-)

« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008, 12:21 »
I have about 6200 images on line, and never used FTP. Why dont you use flash upload? It allows you to upload unlimited number of files in one batch...

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008, 12:39 »
FTP did stop working about 2 weeks ago but it was only down for a couple of days but since then I find if I upload SVG files and jpeg (not for the same file) only one type will appear i.e. all jpeg or all svg files.

« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2008, 12:41 »
I use sitecopy to upload over night to many websites. I need website to support FTP or WebDAV


« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2008, 18:07 »
Answer from customer support:
"The engineers suggestion is to use: Fetch or Filezilla (free software)in order to upload your files.
You can download filezilla from: http://filezilla-project.org/"

I am using same software (Sitecopy) for every site and only Fotolia got this peculiar behavior. Asked them more technical questions so maybe I have to tweak my configuration (PASV, CWD)

« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008, 16:49 »
Update: technical support does not understand my questions so they give me email to "US Director of Operations"  ;D


« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 17:22 »
"Results are reported in root's mail". Your upload attempts should be logged, anything there?

« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 17:37 »
I would think so but apparently there are no technically competent people in customer support or maybe they shifted support to some third world country and these guys have no access to US ftp servers so they paste some answers from FAQ to reply :-)


« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2008, 17:40 »
No, I mean on your local system, the docs for Sitecopy indicate that transfers are logged.

You can send root mails to your email by a technique such as : http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-forward-roots-mail-to-your-inbox.html

« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2008, 17:44 »
I do not have any error messages on my side. According to my logs everything was successfully uploaded.

There is and synchronization file in ~/.sitecopy directory for each site definition and it lists status of all uploads.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 17:49 by melastmohican »


« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2008, 17:53 »
What about Mirror.

"You can use mirror instead of sitecopy - the basic functionality is duplicated. But, sitecopy does not go to the FTP server and see what's there every time - this is the basic difference between sitecopy and mirror. This saves bandwidth, and startup time, especially so for slow servers holding large sites. As well, sitecopy has some features missing in mirror (though the reverse is also true), such as remote file move and interactive confirmations." - so, worth a try, if only perhaps on the one site.

http://www.bio-mirror.net/biomirror/software/mirror-info.txt or perhaps http://rumkin.com/software/mirror/mirror.txt
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 18:01 by zymmetricaldotcom »

« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008, 18:01 »
I guess files are moved to a different remote directory after processing so comparing with remote site will not make any sense. There always be zero files on remote site and n files on my local system. I would rather want to keep track of what I haven't uploaded yet and try to send them next time I try.

Does mirror handle multiple sites? I like that I can define multiple instances of ftp site with different users and directories. The I simply run something like

Code: [Select]
sitecopy -update shutterstock fotolia 123rf dreamstime


« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2008, 18:14 »
Looks like default setup does not include code for multiple remote sites, but you could set up a separate cronjob just for the Fotolia one + Mirror and see if that resolves it.

If you're a Perl whiz, (and you find Mirror more reliable)  you could easily modify the standard Mirror code to include multiple remote sites, or just be a lazy and create one cronjob for each site you're uploading to. That might even work out for the best, if the remote physical location of the remote servers is distributed across different timezones. I'd aim for 4 AM localtime for each server.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 18:17 by zymmetricaldotcom »

« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2008, 18:21 »
I just wanted out of the box solution that works and it works on every site besides fotolia so I am happy with it. If I get involved with more sites I might write something myself (in java or c# rather that in perl) to run each ftp session in separate thread so it would use my bandwidth more efficiently :-)


« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2008, 18:27 »
Well looks like theres room in the market for a multi-OS, multi-agency scheduled uploader desktop app then?  I'm sure the majority of photographers didn't know what . we were just talking about, seems like a 'drop your photos in this folder and they get FTP'ed' utility would be a winner..

« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2008, 06:47 »
I'm having random results with FTP today as well, some photos I've uploaded have appeared, others do not, just uploaded another 6, and none have appeared 15 minutes after finishing the FTP session. 


« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2008, 14:59 »
Mystery solved. I guess they silently delete files that do not meet their size requirements. I checked and I was uploading 2MP files and they require 4MP now.  I only hope customer service would have any record of this and I would not lost time posting files to void  ;D


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