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Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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Hey all,

I have a Xerox Workcentre 5335 where I work, and it uses both SMB and ftp for network scanning. I recently upgraded my Mac Mini to Mountain Lion, and I understand that it no longer has traditional SMB support, while ftp is removed from the GUI.

I found several excellent guides on re-enabling ftp via Terminal, so after following those commands, I was able to set up ftp scanning just like I did before I upgraded to ML.

Just one problem; after enabling ftp in the command line, all Xerox scans go to the home folder. I understand that this is the default location for ftp, but I'd like to change that so I can direct network scans to my scans folder on my desktop, which would serve as a file repository for anyone on the network who wanted to access their scanned images.

I've searched high and low, but I've yet to find a guide that explains how to change the directory. If it involves more Terminal work, that's fine with me. 

Does anyone have any advice on this?

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Re: Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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Hi,

Maybe you already tried this, but any way, the desktop is part of your home directory. Just change the folder on the MFP settings (File Path).

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Rui

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Re: Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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Hey RuiPC, thank you for your prompt and helpful reply!

 

I'm not sure what you mean by MFP settings. If you do mean changing the File Path by going into the ftp settings in File Repository Setup in the Xerox web interface, then yes, I have tried that, but it is possible that I didn't do it right. Could you please provide me with an example of the file path I would type?

 

Thanks again.

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Re: Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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Hi Diogo,

 

Yes, you should set it in the web interface. The path should be something like "/Desktop/yourfolder". The ftp home directory is usually your home. Your home should be "Macintosh HD/Users/yourname". Inside you will have the desktop. Pointing the FTP path to the desktop and then to your folder used to share the scanned images, should get what you expect.

To do a real test, you should put in your printer's "shoes", for that you should do a ftp to your mac. From other pc or the mac where is the ftp server, open a terminal and type a few commands with the exact settings you set in the printer

- FTP ipaddress of your mac

- the server will ask for the user and password

- after a correct login you should try to go to that folder. Type PWD to find where you are. It is important to know if the default folder is inside other folder. The reply should be "/".

- Then type "ls-la". The server should list all the folders. See if one is the Desktop. If yes, type "CD /Desktop". Then do ls-la again and you should see your folder where you want your scanned files.

- Then type CD yourfolder.

- make sure you have write permissions in that folder. For that just create a folder inside of it. Type MKDIR test. If you correctly created the folder, just do PWD and you should get this: /Desktop/yourfolder. This is the path you need to set in the MFP.

 

 

Regards

Rui 

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Re: Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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Hooray!

 

Your suggestion and walkthrough worked perfectly Rui! Two very big thumbs up for your help! I logged into the Terminal with an ftp session like you described, and found out that I hadn't put the file path into the Xerox configuration page correctly. It was really supposed  to be /Users/username/Desktop/foldername, as opposed to just /Desktop/foldername. This is because, by default, when I enabled ftp in Mountain Lion, the file location for ftp transfer is my home folder, not the root, or / folder. Thus, I had to specify my folder first, and then navigate to the desktop folder that I wanted to use for my scan repository. 

 

I just have one last question. Because I use DHCP at the office I'm working at, my Mac's IP address will sometimes change. Will that affect the file repository profile in the Xerox configuration page? Should I set my Mac to have a static IP address?

 

Thanks again for all your help Rui; I'm selecting your post as the answer! 

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Re: Need help setting up ftp scanning on Mountain Lion Mac

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I'm glad I could help. :)

 

About the DHCP, yes, if your mac's ip will change then your printer will stop doing scan. Yes, you are right, you should set a static ip.

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