NCSA Mosaic for the Macintosh User Guide: Obtaining Software

How to FTP

If you are connected to the Internet you can download NCSA Mosaic for Macintosh software and documentation at no charge from an anonymous File Transport Protocol (FTP) server at NCSA. Follow the steps below. If you have any questions regarding the connection or procedure, consult your local system administrator or network expert.

  1. Log on to a host at your site that is connected to the Internet and is running software supporting the ftp command.
  2. Invoke FTP (on most systems) by entering the Internet address of the server:
% ftp

  1. Log on by entering anonymous for the name.
  2. Enter your local login name and address (e.g., for the password.
  3. Enter get README.FIRST to transfer the instructions file (in ASCII) to your local host.
  4. Enter quit to exit FTP and return to your local host.
  5. Review the README.FIRST file for complete instructions concerning the organization of the FTP directories and the procedures you should follow to download the README files specific to the application you want.
Your logon session should resemble the following sample, where the remote user's name is and user entries are indicated in boldface type. (The text of the README.FIRST file will likely be different because it is updated periodically.)

 % ftp Connected to zaphod. 220 zaphod FTP server (Version 6.23 Thu Apr 8 06:37:40 CDT 199x) ready. Name ( rsmith):  anonymous Password: 230- 230-Welcome to NCSA's anonymous FTP server! I hope you find what you are 230-  looking for. For questions regarding NCSA software tools, please e-mail 230- 230- 230-Note to HyperFTP users: If you log in, and cannot list directories 230-  other than the top-level ones, enter a - as the first character of your 230-  password (e-mail address). 230- 230-If your ftp client has problems with receiving files from this server, send 230-  a - as the first character of your password (e-mail address). 230- 230-If you're ftp'ing from Delphi, please remember that the Delphi FTP client 230-  requires you to enclose case-sensitive directory and file names in double 230-  quote (") characters. 230- 230- 230-Please read the file README 230-  it was last modified on Tue Jul 23 15:40:50 199x - 1030 days ago 230-Please read the file README.BROCHURE 230-  it was last modified on Sat Sep 12 18:30:42 199x - 613 days ago 230-Please read the file README.FIRST 230-  it was last modified on Sun Oct  3 17:45:17 199x - 228 days ago 230-Please read the file README_Dialin 230-  it was last modified on Wed Sep  2 14:21:17 199x - 623 days ago 230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply. ftp> get README.FIRST 200 PORT command successful. 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for README.FIRST (10283 bytes). 226 Transfer complete. local:  README.FIRST  remote:  README.FIRST 11066 bytes received in .34 seconds (32 Kbytes/s) ftp> quit
The README.FIRST file provides general information about how to retrieve files from the NCSA anonymous FTP server. To retrieve NCSA Mosaic for Macintosh, log on again and enter the commands shown in boldface below. (The file names may be slightly different, especially if newer versions have been released.) The ls command returns a listing of files so you can see the current contents of the directory.

 ftp> cd Mac/Mosaic 250 CWD command successful. ftp> ls 200 PORT command successful. 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for file list. .index Apple 1.0.2 .accountrc FAQ Helpers LocalHome.html NCSAMosaicMac.103.sit.hqx copyright 1.0.1 NCSAMosaic.1.0.3.README QuickStart.Txt GIFS Documents StuffIt_Expander_3.0.7.sea.hqx 226 Transfer complete. 199 bytes received in 0.04 seconds (4.9 Kbytes/s) ftp> get 200 PORT command successful. 150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for NCSAMosaicMac.103.sit.hqx (677783 bytes). 226 Transfer complete. local: NCSAMosaicMac.103.sit.hqx remote: NCSAMosaicMac.103.sit.hqx 688212 bytes received in 15 seconds (44 Kbytes/s) ftp> quit 221 Goodbye.
The file is a Stuffed, BinHexed archive. You need to use Stuffit Expander or similar utility to unBinHex and unStuff the file.