Accessing /i/ using FTP
I would normally connect the first time using web folders in IE which would then add the location to My Network Places in Windows Explorer, however IE8 doesn’t have web folders. When you go to File > Open, there isn’t an option to open as web folder. So I tried to add a new network place myself. Having selected “Map Network Drive”, clicked on the option to connect to a website, entered the URL for the /i/ directory, windows told me that it appeared to be invalid. I checked that the database was up, but it still wouldn’t let me create it as a network place.
So I decided FTP was the easiest option. I’d always used the network place option, so was a little wary about setting up FTP. But it’s just three simple steps.
- Download and install Filezilla. It’s free and open source.
- Log into SQL*Plus as system and check to see if your FTP port has been set on your database. To do this run:
select dbms_xdb.getftpport from dual;If this returns zero then set the FTP port by running:
- Now run Filezilla. Select File > Site Manager and enter a New Site. Enter the IP that you use to connect to APEX and the FTP port that you set up in step 2. If you don’t want to be prompted for a username and password, also enter the username and password you would normally connect to the /i/ directory using. Now click connect.
You should now see the /i/ directory listed in the right-hand window. Using Filezilla you can easily drag and drop files into the /i/ directory and create, delete or rename folders within the directory structure.