Setting up FTP account in OSX

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Paolo Cordone, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. I am trying to share a file with a friend over ftp. I have enabled ftp
    sharing on my Mac and am testing how this whole thing work. The Mac has 2
    accounts on it, my own one and a guest one.
    When I log in (via ftp) using the guest account, I am able to see most of the
    stuff in all other directories on my Mac, which is not what I expected,
    considering that the guest account has been set to have a Simple Finder.

    How do I set up a shared directory that I can use to exchange information
    with other people over ftp, without giving them access to the rest of my

    I have tried SharePoints but the account it created does not seem to support


    Paolo Cordone, Jan 9, 2006
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  2. Set the sharing options in the Get Info... panel for the parent
    volumes and folders so that guest users can't navigate out of the
    public directory?
    David C. Stone, Jan 9, 2006
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  3. Paolo Cordone

    nosredna Guest

    You could send them files via the free
    nosredna, Jan 9, 2006
  4. Paolo Cordone

    Jon Bell Guest

    Why not use HTTP? Simply turn on Personal Web Sharing in the Sharing
    preferences panel, and put the file in your Sites folder. Then your
    friend can simply point a Web browser to


    Or put the file in /Library/WebServer/Documents (might need an admin
    account to do this) and then the URL is


    The only folders that visitors can access are your Sites folder and the
    contents of /Library/WebServer/Documents .
    Jon Bell, Jan 11, 2006
  5. It seems that the ssh daemon, sshd, also handles sftp.
    But are far less likely to be successful
    And many other problems.
    Very much more difficult.
    William Mitchell, Jan 12, 2006
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