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captainftp homepage describes "Hot Folders - automatically upload files to remote sites anytime the files in a local folder are edited or files dropped in the local folder." as a key feature.

I found no way to upload locate edited files to a remote ftp folder automatically with captainftp. "hot folders" are not mentioned in the help file. so can someone please explain how i can do this ... thank you in advance .. stephan
Stephan Klimek, 2006-01-19 02:09 Post Reply
Hi Stephan,
please download and install Crowznest. It is a small application that uses the Captain FTP engine to automatically upload new or edited files in the Hot Folder. html

All the best,
Captain FTP Team
John Sheehy, 2006-03-01 11:50 Post Reply

Download and install CrowzNest.
Create a new entry including a local folder to be the Hot Folder and the destination folder on a remote server.

When CrowzNest is running new files placed in the local folder will be atomatically updated.
John Sheehy, 2007-07-24 08:02 Post Reply

I downloaded Crowznest, set up a hot folder, put in my FTP information, and absolutely nothing happens. It's not rocket science, to be sure, but it appears I haven't done it correctly. Either that or it just doesn't work. Is anyone using Crowznest?
Robin Stark, 2006-09-03 19:47 Post Reply

I tried setting up a hot folder. I put all of the relevant information in the "Define Hot Folder" dialog in Crowznest but, when I hit "OK", it immediately crashes. The information is not saved and the error repeats if I try again.

Is this a known issue? I am on a MacBook Pro (Intel) 2.16GHz with 1GB of RAM. Not compatible with Intel for some reason? Also, when I tried downloading it again and went to copy it to the folder, the Finder told me that the copy I already had was newer, which is strange.

As an update edited in here: If I set up a junk fake folder, it doesn't crash! I then edited it putting in the right information one step at a time. The crash is happening when I put in the correct user name, which is "John Riley" without the quotes. Could the problem be the space in my user name?
John Riley, 2006-10-07 01:15 Post Reply
Hi John,
we released a new version of Crowznest with a bug fix. Please download and install from:

If the problem persists please send us the crash log which can be found in
~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ where ~ means user's home folder.

Please send the crash log to

In the meantime I will test logging in with a username with a space to see if there is a bug.

Best Wishes,
John Sheehy
John Sheehy, 2006-10-09 09:41 Post Reply
Hi John,
I have tested with a number of servers and the username with a space is causing the crash.
Captain FTP can handle such cases but Crowznest is crashing.

I have asked the developers to fix the problem.

Best Wishes,
John Sheehy
John Sheehy, 2006-10-09 15:11 Post Reply

Hi John,
the problem has now been resolved. Please download the latest build with the bug fix from our download page.

Best Wishes,
John Sheehy
John Sheehy, 2006-10-10 10:50 Post Reply

Thanks for the quick response! It seems to be working properly now. The only "problem" I have that if one item in a sub-folder of the hot folder is changed, it uploads the entire folder's contents. Is there any way to make it synchronize the contents instead of loading up everything, included unchanged files in the sub-folder? I know I can do that using the regular Captain FTP, but is sure is nice for it to just happen automatically when folder contents change.

If this is not possible with the current version, I would like to suggest it as a feature request for future versions.

Thanks again,

John Riley
John Riley, 2006-10-11 18:35 Post Reply
I will indeed add your request to our Development Roadmap to be implemented in a future version.

We recommend that you turn off the parent folder as a hot folder and setup the individual sub-folders as Hot Folders. This will stop all the files from being uploaded and only the modified files will be uploaded.

Best Wishes,
John Sheehy
John Sheehy, 2006-10-12 12:31 Post Reply
That was my thought as well, but it is the old "folders within folders" problem. I could probably improve the behavior by using the subfolders somehow. I look forward to the update and thanks for you quick replies 8-)
John Riley, 2006-10-13 18:17 Post Reply
Has this feature been implemented yet, of synchronising subfolders?
John Plumridge, 2007-07-23 20:59 Post Reply

for some reason crowznest does nothing when i set a hot folder locally and a remote folder on my ftp site. hosted w yahoo, using a macbook pro 2.8 w 4gb. any ideas? it also won't allow me to drag and drop folders from captain ftp to the remote folder section of crowznest.

thanks, tom.
Tom Jowett, 2008-12-22 18:30 Post Reply
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