- Mar 24, 2006
- Small Open/Save Dialog Boxes
- Can't Disable Individual Login Items
- Desktop Doesn't Do Nested Folders
- Disappearing Sidebar
- No Auto-Fit Option for Finder Columns
- Finder Treats FTP Volumes as Read-Only
- Fax Modem Hidden in Odd PDF Button
- Missing Servers Stall Startup
- Finder Views Don't Update Immediately
- Nagging Dialog Boxes
6. Finder Treats FTP Volumes as Read-Only
One of the neat features of Mac OS X is its capability to mount an FTP (file transfer protocol) server on the Finder’s desktop, where it appears to function like any other volume (see Figure 6).
Figure 6 FTP servers look like normal volumes in the Finder, but they don’t act that way.
Just choose Go > Connect To Server (Command-K) and then specify the location of the FTP server you want. After Mac OS X negotiates all the handshaking, your remote FTP server has its own icon on the desktop, and you can start browsing its contents. You can even copy files from the FTP server to a local volume. But heaven forbid you want to write anything to the FTP server! Sorry, but you can’t copy (upload) to FTP volumes in the Finder because Mac OS X treats them as read-only volumes regardless of their actual read/write access settings.
If you need to copy files to an FTP server, forget about the Finder and pick up a copy of a dedicated FTP client. My personal favorite is Panic’s Transmit 3.5.