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Title: FTP access for donations in May 2015 is now over. Our thanks to all who donated!
Post by: Yoc on April 30, 2015, 10:18:42 PM
(http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/images/DCM%20banner23-westerns-FTP%20offer.gif)Hi Gang,
For this month of May 2015 every user who donates will be given FTP access as an alternate method to download files from the Digital Comic Museum.
For each dollar donated they will receive 5 gigs of file downloads over the next 31 days from the day the donation was made.


Click on the Donate link here (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php?action=treasury)  to contribute to the cause and receive your FTP login info in an email.  Please be sure your DCM profile email address is working first if you aren't using an active address.

It's been just over a year since we had our first FTP Access Month.  This was run as part of the 4th Anniversary event and was a remarkable success.  Donors to the site are vital for keeping our server bill covered.  The first FTP drive helped build a reserve fund for those months we come up short in our monthly goal of $288.

DCM is a built on four pillars.  The physical comics and those that buy and share them, the scanners/editors of those comics working many hours to share their scans, the staff working hard behind the scenes and the financial donors who give their money to keep our servers running.  Those financial donors don't get nearly the recognition that the other groups do but are easily as vital to keeping DCM a healthy site!  As a thank-you to donors this month we are offering our second FTP Access month!

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To quote CaptDJ from last year here are the specifics -

Details are as follows:
For every donation you will be given access to the FTP for a month from the donation date. Due to costs, bandwidth etc download limits will be put in place.
For every $1 donated during May you will be given a download limit of 5 GB for the following 31 days.

So lets get on to some examples....
* Bob donates $1 to DCM and for the next 31 days is allowed to download 5GB in total.
* Jane donates $10 to DCM and for the next 31 days is allowed to download 50GB in total
* Barry donates $1 and then $5 at a later date. Barry is given a 5GB limit for 31 days. When he donates again for $5 his 31 day timer is reset back to 31 days and an extra 25GB is added to his current download count.

How to get set-up:
1. Once you have donated to the site you will receive an e-mail with the FTP details, username and password. This e-mail will arrive within 5 - 10 minutes of sending the donation.
Note: At the moment this is a manual process so please allow 24 hours for this e-mail, thou hoping to get most turned around in 1 - 2 hours and this will be automated once everything been tested and we are sure it fully works.
2. Read the e-mail as this contains all the important information you will require.
3. Enter these details into your FTP client and start downloading the files.

Rules / Information / Terms:
* Your donation to DCM is a donation to the site, it is not a payment for FTP access. FTP access is given as a gift to you for helping us out.
* Do not share your account details with anyone else.
* Do not be naughty or abuse the system.
* You must enjoy the comics that come from the FTP.  ;)
* This service is provided by Captain DJ and not Digital Comic Museum, any hate or problems please let him know.
* If you do have any issues please e-mail us at: admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com
* There is a user limit on the server currently so please think of others and don't stay logged in 24 / 7
* Once you use up your download limit you will no longer be able to connect to site via ftp.
* Anyone found to be breaking these rules will have their access revoked.

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For common questions on just what is FTP access see the next post in this topic.

A big thank-you to all you donors out there.  Those to come and those that have helped in the past.  And especially to those with repeating donations.  You guys are amazing!
-Yoc
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made for the month of May 2015!
Post by: Yoc on April 30, 2015, 10:28:19 PM
Frequent Questions

What is FTP?
FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol. As the name suggests, FTP is used to transfer files between computers.

How do I use a FTP Client?
I did consider writing my own guide but instead I am going to be lazy and ask you to take a look at the Filezilla tutorial at: https://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Documentation
Filezilla is a free open source FTP client

How do I donate to the site?
Use this link - http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php?action=treasury

Are all comic files on the FTP server?
Yes all files are on the server (or will be, once a day the FTP will sync up with the website so don't expect newly uploaded files to the website to appear instantly on the FTP.)

Help! I need help?
If you are having any problems please let me know via this thread, using the Contact Us feature on the download page or by e-mailing: admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 02, 2015, 11:32:21 AM
If you have any problems, questions or missing the signup e-mail please be sure to e-mail me ASAP. Don't be afraid to e-mail. Don't want you hanging around waiting for an e-mail that either failed to send or got classed as SPAM. If you e-mail me I can send you new details straight away.

E-Mail me at: admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com

I don't bite :)
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Kentghare on May 03, 2015, 09:48:33 AM
Hi ... Probably a very dumb question here, but what advantage does FTP offer?  I understand it means file transfer protocol, but I've previously been able to download individual files from DCM to my computer just fine.  Does FTP enable mass downloading, say, of the entire run of a title or publisher at once?

Kent
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 03, 2015, 10:51:17 AM
Using an FTP Client allows you to queue up files and let them download when you go off and do more important things such as... drinking a cup of tea.

If your happy using the website like you do now that's fine, but I know we had a demand from people to allow FTP access so they could quickly download whole publisher full of comics without the need to select download on each comic book.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Kentghare on May 03, 2015, 10:56:12 AM
That's what I figured, and it would have been really convenient back when I was downloading all the Fawcett Marvel Family stuff.  Ah well, slow and steady eventually got me there....  Come to think of it, I do need to check back for the random scattered issues that weren't here 'way back then.

Thanks for the reply,

Kent
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: jeffcannell on May 04, 2015, 06:39:52 PM
I'm logged in. Love the Donate-FTP Option!
I'm using Filezilla on the Mac, and it keeps failing when I try to download a file or folder.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 04, 2015, 06:52:16 PM
I'm logged in. Love the Donate-FTP Option!
I'm using Filezilla on the Mac, and it keeps failing when I try to download a file or folder.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?


Hi,

Can you drop me an e-mail at admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com and let me know if it every file / folder or just one etc.
Also if you can, copy / paste a copy of your filezilla console log.

Thanks,
Captain DJ
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 04, 2015, 07:00:20 PM
Just to heads up, I am looking into switching the FTP server in few days to fix a few bugs.

If anyone wants to test this new server out for me before time let me know, you will get free GB are a reward.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Yoc on May 04, 2015, 10:32:24 PM
I sent you Jeff's error log earlier Capt.

Shoot me a login and I can do some tests for you when needed.
-Yoc
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Soothsayr on May 05, 2015, 11:45:31 AM
I'm logged in. Love the Donate-FTP Option!
I'm using Filezilla on the Mac, and it keeps failing when I try to download a file or folder.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?


Hi,

Can you drop me an e-mail at admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com and let me know if it every file / folder or just one etc.
Also if you can, copy / paste a copy of your filezilla console log.

Thanks,
Captain DJ

Let me know if you need another mac tester to see if it's an isolated issue or a more prevalent one.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Geo on May 05, 2015, 04:28:30 PM
I'm logged in. Love the Donate-FTP Option!
I'm using Filezilla on the Mac, and it keeps failing when I try to download a file or folder.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?


Cyberduck is another one to use on FTP. It is the one I use for the site.

Geo
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 05, 2015, 06:23:22 PM
I am in process of switching over from old FTP server to new one. URL is being updated and hopefully you won't notice the switch over.

If you are still on the old server, from now until your DNS switches over to the new server's IP, any bandwidth you use will be given to you for free and not taken out of your allocation.

Once you jump onto the new server the bandwidth allowance will start tracking again.

I do apologies for this server change only 6 days into this but I was not happy with the servers performance and speed. The new one is much faster (spec wise) and has less bugs :)

Remember, if you have any issues please e-mail me at admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 08, 2015, 12:53:40 AM
Is the login the same at the new server? I seem to be locked out halfway through my allotment. I had a bunch of stuff queued up so I kept the window open when it stopped working. Should I close all that down and start again?

Nope. Just tried a new connection and it said my bandwidth is used up, but I have lots left.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 08, 2015, 01:18:08 AM
I just e-mailed you back as should be fixed now
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 08, 2015, 02:58:59 PM
I'm rolling again! Thanks for the fast fix!
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 08, 2015, 02:59:26 PM
I'm rolling again! Thanks for the fast fix!

My pleasure :)
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 08, 2015, 04:00:56 PM
Just to update anyone reading this, who were having issues connecting. Some users reported they couldn't log in or files were failing to download.

This is caused by a connection limit on the server which states you can only have 'X' connections to the server. Most FTP Clients allow a user to queue up files and download 3 - 5 files at any one time. This was causing issues with our servers limit which was set to 3 connections per user. If you was browsing the FTP Server and downloading 2 files this means you have 3 connections active. Upon your FTP Client attempting to download another file (as well as your current 2 active transfers) your FTP Client will throw a connection issue or a incorrect password error (error 530) due to the server enforcing a max of 3 active connections. These files then tend to get classed as failed.

I have altered the setting on the server to hopefully make it little easier but if you want to make sure you don't hit this limit and cause issues please go into your FTP Client and set max connections to 3. This will set your FTP Client to only use a max of 3 Connections and so never hitting the limit.

Hope this makes sense....  :o

(tweaked this a little to stress the limit  -Yoc)



Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 08, 2015, 08:29:59 PM
Thought I would make a simple list of all comics on the FTP and their locations:
http://ftp.digitalcomicmuseum.com/comiclist.txt

Plus little placeholder page on FTP url that sums everything up.
http://ftp.digitalcomicmuseum.com/
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Yoc on May 08, 2015, 11:21:48 PM
WOW!
Nice work on those Capt!
 ^-^
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 10, 2015, 06:29:03 PM
I am having problems with several directories... I can see the files in them, but I get an error message when I go to download them.

For example...

Server said: /Lev Gleason Comics/Comics House Publications/Adventures in Wonderland: No such file or directory
Error -125: remote chdir failed

Same problem with these directories:

American Comics Group
Better
Consolidated Magazines
D.S. Publishing
I. W. Publishing
MLJ

Can you help?

thanks!
Steve
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 10, 2015, 07:10:14 PM
Hi permpoom,

The reason you are having these issues (I'm guessing) is either:

1.
Because you queued up load of files when server first opened. On first few days we had an issue with these folders you mentioned. We fixed this issue and the folders names were changed.

For example you list:
/Lev Gleason Comics/Comics House Publications/Adventures in Wonderland/

The folder on the current FTP Server says the folder is:
/Lev Gleason Comics - Comics House Publications/Adventures in Wonderland/

So you might want to go through and re-add these to your queue.

2. Your FTP Client has a cached file structure. Refresh the root folder and see if this updates the folder names
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 11, 2015, 11:47:36 AM
Thanks! That solved the problem. Looks like some directory name changes were stuck. Smooth as silk now.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 12, 2015, 02:40:10 AM
A new error message now...

Error accepting data connection. This could be a problem with firewall or proxy configuration. Try passive mode.

I tried passive mode. No go. Same error. I don't have a firewall and haven't changed any of those sorts of settings since I downloaded last.

appreciate any help!
Steve
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 12, 2015, 05:23:07 PM
A new error message now...

Error accepting data connection. This could be a problem with firewall or proxy configuration. Try passive mode.

I tried passive mode. No go. Same error. I don't have a firewall and haven't changed any of those sorts of settings since I downloaded last.

appreciate any help!
Steve

What FTP Client are you using? Taken a look at server and people on there currently downloading and nothing has changed with server.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 13, 2015, 08:08:18 PM
I'm using Transmit on the Mac. Nothing changed here either and I am still able to get into the FTP directory for my website. Hmm...
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 13, 2015, 08:15:57 PM
it's acting very strange. The file size of my download roughly corresponds with my donations, so maybe my quota is up. I'll try donating again and see if that fixes it.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: permpoom on May 14, 2015, 01:11:50 AM
Is it creating random new accounts for me still? I tend to think that my allotment is going into a black hole. Unless it just hasn't been updated since I donated again earlier.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 14, 2015, 04:34:56 AM
it's acting very strange. The file size of my download roughly corresponds with my donations, so maybe my quota is up. I'll try donating again and see if that fixes it.

Sorry for delay but I'm GMT based so was fast sleep when you posted here. Yes your quota was up.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Captain DJ on May 14, 2015, 04:35:48 AM
Is it creating random new accounts for me still? I tend to think that my allotment is going into a black hole. Unless it just hasn't been updated since I donated again earlier.

The quota has been already applied. There is a small delay between donation time and allocation but it should be working fine now.
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: pjohn on May 29, 2015, 08:46:10 PM
My quota was up yesterday.  Before running out of my quota, I had donated again. But the quota was not extended. When it would be extended?
Title: Re: FTP access is now running for donations made in the month of May 2015!
Post by: Yoc on May 29, 2015, 11:36:09 PM
No fear CaptDJ will credit your latest donation.  It will have to be done manually though so please be patient with us.

-Yoc
Title: Re: FTP access for donations in May 2015 is now over. Our thanks to all who donated!
Post by: Yoc on June 03, 2015, 01:52:32 PM
Hi Gang,
The May FTP access month was another Huge success!
We extended the offering into June until the end of today.  Those that made a donation will get ftp access but after today new donors will only be getting our eternal thanks for helping keep DCM with our monthly overhead.

Thanks again to all your donors out there.  Expect to see this FTP offering again next year!
Title: Re: FTP access for donations in May 2015 is now over. Our thanks to all who donated!
Post by: pjohn on June 04, 2015, 07:27:04 PM
I have contributed to the tune of $ 30.00 (In two payments before 30th May). My quota limit should be 150 GB. But from yesterday, I cannot download any files and my FTP client displays the following message:

451 RETR denied: quota exceeded: used 71680.16 of 71679.97 download Mb

Please resolve this issue.
Title: Re: FTP access for donations in May 2015 is now over. Our thanks to all who donated!
Post by: Yoc on June 05, 2015, 09:26:08 AM
Hi pjohn,
Sorry for any troubles.  I've alerted CaptDJ to your post here.
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Anyone having trouble with their FTP access - please contact CaptDJ directly and include member name along with a description of the problem here -

admins@digitalcomicmuseum.com


Thanks,
-Yoc