AFD Publisher's description
from Holger Kiehl
The most common technique used to distribute data is for each individual to fetch the data from one common place.
The most common technique used to distribute data is for each individual to fetch the data from one common place. This place can be a database, FTP-server or even the WWW (World Wide Web). However, this is not always the most user or customer friendly way for a company or organization to distribute its products. For this reason AFD (Automatic File Distributor) was developed, to provide a better service to users or customers in transporting the required data directly to the location where it is required.
Here follows a list of features of the AFD:
* The AFD can send/retrieve any type of file, regardless of contents and the name of the file.
* It supports the following protocols: FTP, SMTP, HTTP, SFTP, SCP and WMO socket protocol. TLS/SSL connections for FTP and HTTP are also possible.
* Only the files are being distributed, no other additional information is send with the file.
* The AFD has a very sophisticated and compact X11 interface to monitor and control the distribution of files (afd_ctrl). It has the ability to do extensive logging of all activities, even down to tracing each individual FTP/FTPS/SMTP/SFTP/SCP/HTTP command.
* It is possible to run AFD without the X11 interface, command line tools allow you to do everything without the GUI.
* Files can be send to places where no AFD is installed.
* There can be more than one process distributing files to a single host. This has the advantage that when a large file is currently being distributed, other files don't have to wait until the large file is done.
* Where net capacity is limited, it is possible to distribute files with priority and by limiting the bandwidth.
* If the transfer gets interrupted, AFD can append files. So data that has already been transmitted will not be send again.
* It is possible to setup a whole network of AFD's that can be monitored and controlled through a single interface (mon_ctrl).
What's New in This Release:В· An error that could lead to many open file descriptors under certain conditions was fixed along with a problem where the AMG process could crash when the maximum number of options specified in DIR_CONFIG was reached.
В· Toggling the queue or starting/stopping a host should now be done in an atomic manner. The edit_hc dialog now shows the correct block size.
В· In the afd_info and mon_info dialogs, it is now possible to edit the information directly.
В· The %T time modifier was added for the subject option.
В· One can remove WMO headers from a bulletin with the -H extract option.
В· The init scripts for afd and afdmon have been made more LSB compliant.
System Requirements:No special requirements.
Program Release Status: Major Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall