[thelist] Windows program to upload via FTP without disclosing password

Ken Kogler ken at kenkogler.com
Sat Feb 16 18:58:00 CST 2002

Never heard of a client-side solution for something like this, but in
the past when I've been in this situation, I create a password-protected
page for the client and write an upload script that uses the <form> to
post the data to the server.

Implementation depends on the server and the code you use. I use ASP on
IIS5. Mail me off list if you know ASP and want some help with it.
Google can also show you a few hundred tutorials too many.


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[mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Andy Warwick
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 12:05 PM
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Subject: [thelist] Windows program to upload via FTP without disclosing


I'm after a solution for Windows PCs that will allow a client to upload
- via
FTP - images (JPEGs) into a specific folder on my web server without
the login name or password.

In an ideal world, the user would prepare the images to the correct dpi
compression, then drop them onto the program icon, which would then log
onto the
FTP server and upload the files.

What prevents me using a standard FTP client is that I want some way to
the login and password from the user, so that he can't access other
folders on
the server other than the folder 'hard-coded' into the program. (I'm not
in a
position to simply set up an FTP account that serves only the individual

I've got a solution working on the Mac with Applescript, in the form of
read-only droplet with embedded login and password, but need something
for the Windows platform.

Any ideas?


Andy W

<tip type="Auto-include external PHP files" name"Andy Warwick">

If you like to keep your PHP code in a different file to your HTML, you
can use
the PHP "auto-prepend" file with the following piece of code to
auto-include the
files without thinking about it, or having any PHP code in the HTML to
your fellow coders.

Place the following code in your PHP auto_prepend_file (which you set in
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http://www.php.net/manual/en/configuration.php), set apache to have PHP
files ending in .htm, and name any file you want auto-including with the
filename as your HTMl file, save for a .php extension, placing it in the
directory as the HTMl file, thus:

    --- example.htm
    --- example.php

The file example.php will be auto-included in the file example.htm
without any
visibile PHP code in the HTML file, as that's hidden in the auto_include

--- code for auto_include file ---

$include_file = ereg_replace ( '\.[a-zA-Z0-9_]+$', '.php', "$PHP_SELF" )

$include_file = substr ( "$include_file", '1', strlen ( "$include_file"
) ) ;

if ( file_exists ( $include_file ) )
    include_once ( $include_file ) ;

--- end ---

The code simply finds the file's extension, replaces it with '.php', and
if a
file with that name exists in the include path, auto-includes it.

Caveat: parsing all your HTML files in this manner will slow your server
down a
fraction, so you might want to check the hit before using on a
high-volume site.

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