Appending Data Via FTP

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Aug 29 17:07:22 EDT 2012

Gregory Lypny wrote:
> Is it okay to append data to a file on a remote Mac using
> 	put return & theLineOfData after URL ("ftp://" & pathToTheFile)
> where, theLineOfData is a single line of data?  I figure that's safer than downloading all of the data from the URL into a variable, appending the new data, and then uploading the whole thing.

I think what'll happen there is that the url expression will be 
evaluated first, and you'll wind up with the local variable "it" 
appended and the item on the server untouched.

The most efficient way to do this would be to have a CGI receive the 
data and append it to the file, easily sendable with POST.

Using FTP, I believe the only solution would be to download the file, 
append it, and re-upload it.   There may be other options in the FTP 
spec, though, but still I'd consider using the CGI solution first as it 
would be simple and fast.

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