Ad Hoc Operations

Ad hoc operations are those actions that are initiated from the File Viewer windows of the Beyond FTP program.  This includes a wide variety of file and directory maintenance activities including file transfers, file and directory deletes, file and directory rename, and directory creation.  Ad hoc actions begin with the address book, are limited by the user account, are supported by the drag-and-drop interface, and are accessible by context sensitive (right click) menus.  In fact, two File Viewer windows are opened to facilitate this drag-and-drop behavior.

Ad hoc operations are important for three reasons.  First and foremost, they provide an Explorer-like interface for managing remote drives and resources.  You do not need a separate Microsoft connection (which may not even be possible for some machines).  Second, they allow you to test your address book entries to verify the connection and the access that will be used by your scripts.  Finally, they are used as the basis for building transfer, delete, and rename script commands when you select the Insert File Actions dialogue while editing a script

There are several key things to remember:

1.   Transfer actions take place immediately in the default installation.  You can modify your transfers before submitting them by checking “Show Modify Transfer List Properties” on the Transfer tab of the Tools/Options selection.

2.   The confirmation of ad hoc operations is controlled via the Confirmation tab of the Tools/Options selection.

3.   The Transfer Status window is automatically displayed when ad hoc transfers are submitted.  This window displays pending, active, and completed transfers.  You can restart a completed transfer or cancel a pending transfer from this window.  The display is controlled by the Transfer Status tab of the Tools/Options selection.

4.   Ad hoc operations are independent of scripted operations.  However, the scripted actions may interfere with ad hoc actions.  Specifically, the script processor will connect and disconnect servers as required without reference to any active or pending ad hoc actions.