Aspera & FTP

 

Aspera & FTP

If uploading your data using Aspera or FTP you must ensure that your data is encrypted using GnuPG. This can be done using the EGA Webin Data Uploader (Recommended) from the command line or manually.  

 

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.