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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

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.

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