This is the one I need:

  1. Enter ftp / ssh url
  2. Enter username
  3. Enter password
  4. Repeat per site

When I start program, I can select which site I want and connect. No questions. No asking. Just connect.
It will let me move files to and from this machine.
It will copy, rename.
And it will let me edit files without downloading them.

I don’t give a flying one about what it looks like.

That’s all I want.

You know how when one thing is really irritating you that everything else also becomes an irritant even though normally it’s okay ? You know that feeling ? That’s where I am. My way out is about 45 minutes away, and it’s a way out I do not want to take yet, but damn I’m irritated.

13 thoughts on “This is the one I need:

  1. I’ve no idea why you’ve been experiencing all this slowness etc with Ubuntu – I never have (across 4 machines). Maybe it’s allergic to your hardware or something. :( Not that I’m a linux expert, far from it.

    Regarding the FTP thing – have you tried going to Places —>Connect to Server…? I rarely use an FTP programme in linux so can’t comment on that, plus I don’t tend to edit files actually on the server either, so not sure if this method will allow you to do that. But at least it doesn’t crash. :)

  2. I can do the Places -> Connect but every file is Read Only and it’s a PITA to go back to download>change>upload when I’m used to doing it efficiently.

    Looks like I have no choice though – such a program has yet to be invented to SandalLand.

  3. A bit of googling suggests that Emacs can open files on a remote FTP site. I don’t use emacs, though, so I can’t help much.

    If your hosts allow you to ssh in, then you can use ssh key authentication to bypass the password prompt.

    You create for yourself a public/private keypair:
    `ssh-keyegn -t dsa -b 2048`
    It should save those to ~/.ssh/ automatically. The id_dsa is your private key, and must never be shared. The id_dsa.pub is your public key, and can be shared. Transfer the id_dsa.pub to the remote site, and stick it in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys — from now on, when you ssh from your workstation, you will not be prompted for a password. (You can password-protect your keys, if you like, so that you are prompted for the key password anytime you’re going to connect.)

    Editing files over FTP is a very Windows-centric solution, because Windows doesn’t offer a very robust remote shell. With Linux, you’d connect to the remote site via SSH, and then use whatever local tools you want — including graphical tools, which will display on your monitor.

    There may well be a solution that works the way you want, and I do encourage you to continue looking for it. But I also encourage you to be open to changing some of your working habits a bit, to see if there are options in Linux that are just as covnenient, albeit different.

  4. WinSCP rocks.

    The issue is not my sites – I have shell on all of them – though I will look into that key thing skippy ! It’s when people want WP help – and nearly all of those do not have shell. So being able to edit directly saves me lots and lost of clicking and uploading etc – it saves me time. It’s also quicker. I know because I used to do it the long way.
    It means my machine doesn’t get cluttered with files, that when I get many requests (like at releases) I don’t have to get confused with what files are whose because none of their files are on my machine.

    I am open to working differently – but I don’t want to work so much less effectively, and right now with this issue, a core issue for me, it feels that way.

    It all seems grindingly inelegant.

  5. You’re going about this all wrong, Mark! Here’s what you do:

    copy all the client’s remote files to your workstation. Add them to a Subversion repository on your machine. Edit them as needed, then transfer the edited files back up to their live site. Regularly burn your subversion repository to CD.

    You now have versioned, off-site backup copies of your clients’ files.

    Charge them for this service!! ;)

  6. Heh – I don’t have that many clients! I have lots of people who keep coming back, but I make no money from it.

    I do intend to play with Subversion – and WP3 or whatever it’s called – but I think that may be a wee bit too much for others. Though it would make sense for me to keep backups of my sites though ….

    And for now, it’s the (buggy) gFTP and gEdit. I’ve had enough on this topic for today !

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