6.1a How to use the FTP server
FTP had been used in the past for distribution of large binary files to help avoid tying up resources on our main HTTP servers. There was a risk that this could happen for transfers lasting a long time - and so prejudicing the quality of the service offered. Nowadays, the HTTP servers are more powerful and due to the increase in bandwidths available to many users, even for large downloads, this is no longer an issue. Therefore much of the incentive for using FTP has been removed. In addition to this, particular problems have been identified which can sometimes hinder publishing of information by FTP instead of HTTP. These include:
How to request access to FTP server
The person authorized by the Division for requesting updates for a Web site can also be granted access to a folder on the FTP server. This person (or the Divisional Web focal point) should send an e-mail to Web-Intranet-Updates@fao.org requesting access to the FTP server, specifying the names of authorized users requesting access.
A reply will be sent as soon as access is granted, indicating where the folder is located and how to access it.