File Exchange

Scientists often have to exchange large data files [graphics, movies, etc] which can, due to their size, not simply be sent as a mail attachment. In order to be able to exchange also this kind of data with research groups, EMBL IT Services runs a FTP-server at the address:

ftp://ftp-exchange.embl-heidelberg.de/pub/exchange/.

There are two ways of exchanging files via the FTP server:

  •   Somebody from EMBL [a login person] is placing a file in the FTP server and an anonymous person is accessing the file.
  •   Somebody from outside EMBL [an anonymous person] is placing a file in the FTP server and somebody from EMBL [a login person] is accessing the file.

From EMBL to anonymous

If you want to exchange data with a research group at the EMBL, contact your partner in EMBL and ask him which directory you should use to download data.

From anonymous to EMBL

If you want to upload data in the FTP server, you need a FTP Client.

Contact your partner in EMBL and ask him which directory you should use to upload data.

Copy the files you want to be accessible from outside into that directory.

To do so:

1. Open your FTP client and connect to the ftp exchange server.

Server: ftp-exchange.embl-heidelberg.de

Username: anonymous

Password: your e-mail address

Directory: /pub/exchange/username of EMBL partner/incoming/

 

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Example: Screen shot done with the Windows FTP Client

2. In the remote system, go to the directory: /pub/exchange/username of EMBL partner/incoming/. [Be careful, this is a mounted directory.]

3. Place the files to be exchanged directly under this directory.

Files in the directory: /g/ftp-exchange/exchange and beneath are deleted after 7 days!

Note: You will not be able to 'see' your uploaded files in the incoming directory [it always appears to be empty]. This is the intended behaviour.

Your files on our FTP-exchange server are deleted automatically after 7 days. Therefore it is adviseable to inform your EMBL partner immediately after you placed the file to be exchanged on our FTP-exchange server.