"Andrew Wickham" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message
news:25a0db1350% XXXX@XXXXX.COM ...
Thanks both for your inputs. I'm nearly there - in fact I am there in a
manner of speaking. The story so far:
As I say, Econet is working fine. For some reason the ftp client that came
with ANT refuses to recognise both of my NAS boxes. Not sure why but
(having googled about and seen how prevalent lanman98 is) I thought it might
be to do with long filenames. Now as it happens, I run a small "cluster"
of old PCs - each of which predates ssh so basically they're perfect for
insecure ftp clients. Lo and behold, the RISC OS ftp client is happy to
deal with the ftp server running on one of these boxes. Result: Move the
files from my NAS to my Linux box where the RISCOS machine can pick them
up - drag and drop to the root folder of an econet user (or more
realistically make the URD of said user the same folder and bingo - the
files are there - seemingly but not quite).
The problem is in file types: I use BBC explorer to separate an image file
(ssd or whatever) into its components i.e. games.ssd becomes !Boot, Revs,
Snapper etc etc. This works fine for "bare" files. Trouble is once I get
these files onto the A5000 whereupon I can get at them from the Econet, they
are all listed as text files - no matter whether they are text files,
executables or compiled code.
I'm sure the answer lies in the .inf files that bbc explorer creates for
each bare file. So for example if I had a basic program called dave then
the bare file dave would be created by BBC explorer as well as dave.inf and
dave.inf would be a one line text file containing ff8023 and the other bits
of info you could get from *INFO. Does anyone know how I get around this?
For the same reason, I couldn't make !FTPs work. I managed to get the bare
files onto the A5000 but it's treated them all as text files not
executables. There must be an easy way around this but I can't see it yet.
Any advice, as always, very welcome.