[OS X TeX] Web hosting etc

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Oct 7 12:35:51 EDT 2007

Le 7 oct. 07 à 10:33, Robert Bruner a écrit :

> Any other ideas out there?

Once long ago, I had a problem which I think was with SFTP as well. I  
don't remember what the problem exactly was, which software it was  
with. But it turned out eventually to be related to passive vs.  
active FTP, and possibly was related also to the OS X firewall being  
activated, as far as I remember.

I never understood exactly the meaning of active vs. passive in this  
context (they're related to authentication being initiated from the  
FTP server or from the host, I think, but it seems the use of the  
terms passive and active is opposite to what intuition would suggest  
within this context, a bit like the use of the terms client and  
server for X11).

In any case, I think the take-home message of that problem-solving  
experience was: when firewalls are involved, you need to pay  
attention to whether transfer is active and passive, and to exactly  
find the precise combination of settings that's working the surest  
bet is trial-and-error.

Bruno Voisin

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