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  1. #1
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    Question Transfering files over HTTP proxy?

    I have a client who needs to transfer large files sorted into folders to me over the internet. The only problem is that it must go through a local http proxy on his end first.

    We have tried using FTP, but no luck. The server seems to only allow http traffic.

    Is there a way this can be done? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.

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    How does your client upload content to the server? Surely if there is no FTP there must be SCP or something similar, which you can use to download as well?

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    You can transfer files over http, take a look into the file manager for your control panel (if you have one, if not look into webmin or writing a quick php/perl script). The problem with transferring large files is that you will probably end up with timeout issues/issues in your settings for upload_max_filesize. What kind of size are we talking?

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    @alex-davies: There is no webserver being used in between this transfer. Just two normal computers with WinXP.

    @justadollarhostin: Around 10mb~

    Thanks to those who have responded. Another thought..

    Is it possible to setup a http server and have the traffic sent through a proxy? Then I could easily download what is needed that way.

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    Originally posted by tronic
    Is it possible to setup a http server and have the traffic sent through a proxy? Then I could easily download what is needed that way.
    Yes, that is possible. However there is a max size for apache which I have hit before trying to do it this way (around 2Gb methinks). You can install apache in about ten minutes on either Windows or Linux (if you have windows you might well have IIS already installed).

    Edit: If your largest file is 10mb then this method will work fine. I thought you were refering to much larger files.

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    How would one go about setting up apache to work with the proxy?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Can I just ask: how do you access the machine behind the proxy? Can you get in with SSH? Do you have physical access to the machines?

    Alex
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    Well, I can use remote desktop if needed. Hopefully thats what you meant.

    I have full communication with this machine, just the files need to go over a local http proxy.

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    Can you port forward using remote desktop connection?

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    Yes.

    Can proxy settings be set in the apache config file somewhere? What's the easiest way to accomplish this?

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    Originally posted by tronic
    Can proxy settings be set in the apache config file somewhere? What's the easiest way to accomplish this?
    Set up apache locally and forward port 80 over RDC. Then download it. Its not ideal but it will work.

    Alex
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