Aspera & FTP
Using Aspera: Downloading the Aspera ascp command line program
Aspera is a commercial file transfer protocol that may provide faster transfer speeds than ftp especially over longer distances.
Operating System: Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7 / 8, Mac OS Intel 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7 / 10.8 / Linux
The Aspera ascp command line client can be downloaded here. Please select *Aspera Connect*.
The ascp command line client is distributed as part of the aspera connect high-performance transfer browser plug-in and is free to use.
You don't have to register in order to download the Browser Plug-in and the download is free of charge.
Check the command line transfer usage for more configuration details.
The location of the 'ascp' program in the filesystem:
Mac: on the desktop go cd /Applications/Aspera\ Connect.app/Contents/Resources/ there you'll see the command line utilities where you're going to use 'ascp'.
Windows: the downloaded files are a bit hidden. For instance in Windows 7 the ascp.exe is located in the users home directory in: AppData\Local\Programs\Aspera\Aspera Connect\bin\ascp.exe
Linux: should be in your user's home directory, cd /home/username/.aspera/connect/bin/ there you'll see the command line utilities where you're going to use 'ascp'.
Using Aspera: Using the Aspera ascp command line program
Your command should look similar to this:
ascp -QT -l300M -L- <file to upload> <ega-box-N>@fasp.ega.ebi.ac.uk:/.
'-l300M' option sets the upload speed limit to 30MB/s. You may wish to lower this value to increase the
reliability of the transfer.
'-L-' option is for printing logs out while transferring,
<files to upload> can be a file mask (e.g. '/homes/submitter/*.srf) or a list of files.
<ega-box-N> is your submission account log-in..
Add '-k2' switch for transfer restarts
Using default ftp command line client in Windows
1- Start the command line interpreter: press Win-R, type cmd, hit enter
2- Enter 'ftp ftp.ega.ebi.ac.uk'
3- Enter your submission username
4- Enter your submission password
5- To see a list of available ftp commands type 'help'.
6- Type 'ls' command to check the content of your submission account.
7- Type 'prompt' to switch off confirmation for each file uploaded.
8- Use 'mput' command to upload files: 'mput *.srf'
9- Use 'bye' command to exit the ftp client.
10- Use 'exit' command to exit the command line interpreter.
Using default ftp command line client in Linux/Unix
1- Open a terminal and type 'ftp ftp.ega.ebi.ac.uk'
2- Enter your submission username
3- Enter your submission password
4- To see a list of available ftp commands type 'help'.
5- Type 'ls' command to check the content of your drop box.
6- Type 'prompt' to switch off confirmation for each file uploaded.
7- Use 'mput' command to upload files: 'mput *.srf'
8- Use 'bye' command to exit the ftp client.