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File Transfer: Which type should you use?
You don't generally "transfer files" between computer systems, at least
not if you take "transfer" to mean taking a file from one computer/computer
system and moving it to another. File transfer between computers usually
involves bringing or sending copies of the file being transferred.
There are many ways to transfer files between computers, depending both on the type of file you want to move and on exactly what or who is going to receive it.
|But Sometimes It's More Complicated|
If the file you want to transfer is a plain text file -- one that you can
read online -- then file transfer is as simple as is described above. But
there are special considerations when you want to transfer a file that
is intended to be read by a program. (Or, for that matter, it is
an executable program itself.)
Exactly what you do in these cases depends on what type of file it is.
At the very least, if the file isn't plain text, you'll need to specify that to FTP/sFTP or when you attach it to a note in Pine or Eudora.
If it's data that is input for or output of a database, spreadsheet, or statistical program, then the documentation for the program should tell you what you need to do. (Often you have to "export" the data in a special form for transport.) You'll also have to take into consideration whether the file's recipient has the right program (and the right version of the program) to handle the file.
If it's a word processing file (say for Word or WordPerfect), don't send it as is unless you know that the person who's receiving it has that same word processing package, for the same platform (that is for a personal computer or a for Macintosh), and it's at least as new a version as yours. Generally, it's best to ask the person who's receiving the file what type of file they can handle; you might want to to "export" the file in a special file format (such as Microsoft's RTF -- Rich Text Format) that can be easily handled on both ends.
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