The only way to find out where the
many hours that music that the etree organization
distributes is located, is through our mailing lists. At this point, if
you are not subscribed to the etree - announce list, you
are required to do so. Usually once a week, each etree
FTP site operator sends a message to this list describing the
contents of his or her etree server. Click HERE
to find out more about the etree organization's
Introduction to FTP Clients
An FTP client is a computer program that allows users to easily login into an
FTP server and view / download computer files and directories. Most web
browsers have a built-in FTP client. However, the web browser's FTP
program is not very sophisticated.
One advantage to a good FTP program is that it allows you to resume
downloading a partially downloaded file. This comes in really handy when
you have downloaded 85% of a large file and the connection times out.
For the purposes of the etree
organization, most FTP clients are not correctly set-up right away. They
need to be configured. The main feature you need to configure is called
"pinging" or "hammering." When you
attempt to connect to a server and it is already full, many FTP clients have a
feature that will attempt to connect to the server repeatedly (many times each
second) until you are granted access. This is a perfectly acceptable feature
in most instances, however for our purposes, it should be modified. Retrying
once every 120 seconds (2 minutes) is the least amount of time acceptable between reties.
If you try to connect more often than that, you risk the chance of being
automatically banned from some etree FTP servers.
Below is information regarding the
recommended FTP clients for different operating systems and how to correctly
configure each FTP client so it will be etree
- Configuring Your FTP Client - Windows
A good choice for an FTP client
program for Windows is CuteFTP.
v4.0 (direct link - 1.52MB)
Click on "Add Site"
in the FTP Site Manager.
"Site Label" is what
you want to call the new site listing.
"Host Address" is
the name of the etree server (example: dylan.etree.org).
"User ID" and
"Password" is what the etree site
operator should have given you to to log into their server.
Under the menu item
"FTP" choose "Settings" and click
Set "Retry Delay" to
a minimum of 60 seconds
Under the "Advanced"
tab, uncheck "KeepAlive"
3.1.2 - Configuring Your FTP Client - MacOS
(Thanks Mike Kelleher - more Mac
etree info HERE)
The best FTP client for the Mac seems to be Stairways Software's Anarchie.
It's fast and reliable.
- Go to the File menu and choose "Get
- In the dialog box that follows, type in
the server name, login, and password.
- Press Enter and Anarchie will attempt to
- If you are having difficulties, go to the
Window menu and choose Transcript. This window shows all of
Anarchie's communications with the FTP server. If you
can't login the most usual cause is that the FTP site has reached its
user limit. If this is the case then it will tell you in the
Transcript window. Try logging into a different site.
- Once you are in, Anarchie will display the
default directory in a window that looks and acts a lot like a Finder
window. If you want to look inside a folder (directory) on the
FTP site, double-click on it. If you want to download a file or
a whole folder's contents, just drag it to wherever you want in Finder
(i.e. a hard drive, a folder window, or the desktop).
- Wait for a while (Anarchie will tell you
the approximate time remaining) and when that window goes away you
will have successfully downloaded.
Introduction to Shorten (.shn)
Shorten (.shn) is an audio compression scheme that is used to compress audio
.wav files losslessly. This means that after you uncompress a Shorten
(.shn) file, everything that was in the original .wav is there.
For distribution and archiving purposes, the Shorten (.shn) files themselves
can also be burned onto a CD-R as data. One advantage to archiving
Shorten files is that you'll never have to fool with digital audio extraction
(DAE) from the audio CD, which can sometimes produce clicks and other
- How to Uncompress Shorten (.shn) Files - Windows 95/98
(direct link - 98KB)
To uncompress Shorten (.shn) files under
Windows 95/98, you can visit the SoftSound
website for a registered graphical version of Shorten for Windows.
Alternatively, you can use a DOS-based version of Shorten that has been
tweaked a little for our use.
Instructions by Jeremy Clark for how to set it up to run painlessly on your
Win95/98 system are here.
Also, Terrapin reports that he
has made a handy compression/decompression bat file for Shorten for DOS,
("makes life a quick double click").
- How to Uncompress Shorten (.shn) Files - Windows NT
(direct link - 98KB)
graphical version of Shorten is apparently compatible with Win NT.
Otherwise, use the same shortn32.exe for DOS linked in the above paragraphs.
A little additional advice about batch files can be found here.
3.2.3 - How to
Uncompress Shorten (.shn) Files - Mac OS (Thanks Mike
Kelleher - more Mac etree info HERE)
has ported Shorten for both Power Mac and 68K. The md5sum checking utility
is also included! Way to go Doug!
Doug posted a new version that exports to the
native AIFF format! Check
3.2.4 - How to
Uncompress Shorten (.shn) Files - Linux
has ported Shorten for Linux. Check
- Introduction to md5sum
After you successfully download all the Shorten (.shn) files, you first want
to verify that the files you downloaded are not corrupted or otherwise
unusable. You do this by checking the Shorten (.shn) files you
downloaded against the .md5 file. What this does is check your
download against the original files on the server. Even though the
files sizes may be exact, all it takes is one byte to be out of place to
ruin the entire track.
(direct link - 48k)
Movie Download: md5check.avi
(direct link - 1.5MB) Thanks JeffK!
- Working with md5sum
First, make sure that a copy of md5sum.exe
is in your c:\windows\command
directory. If it is not, please download
the file and copy it there now.
Then, open up an MS-DOS window, go to the directory of the show you just
downloaded and then go to the disc you want to check.
When you are in that directory, type:
md5sum -c [filename].md5
NOTE: You must insert the name of the .md5 file [without the
Below is an example of a successful md5sum check:
On the other hand, if a track does not check
out, it will return the following:
You will have to repeat the above steps in each
directory of your download (usually divided up as each disc of audio).
3.4 - Virus
Concerns with etree files
Viruses can sometimes become attached to executable (.exe) files. For
instance, the CIH (Chernobyl) virus has already been circulating in Shorten
(.shn) trading circles (if your computer died catastrophically on 4/26, you
may have had it yourself).
For safety's sake, it's a good idea to keep known virus-free copies of Shorten
on hand and only use those. Otherwise, run an up-to-date antivirus
program before launching copies obtained elsewhere.
3.5 - Why Do I Need
to Know My IP Address?
Most FTP server software lets administrators
set up access restrictions based on IP Addressing. For example, your
username and password may only be valid from a certain IP address.
For these reasons, many etree.org FTP site
administrators require that you provide them with your IP address when
requesting a login and password.
View your IP address by clicking on a web page! This great page
also performs a reverse traceroute (cool for all you techies)
This is a great alternative to
the options below.
Determining your IP Address - Win 95/98
START > RUN and type "winipcfg"
(without the quotes).
Determining your IP Address - Win NT
If you are running winnt, the go to start,
then run, and type "command" (without the quotes). Once the DOS
window comes up, type "ipconfig" (without the quotes).
Determining your IP Address - Mac OS (Thanks Mike
Kelleher - more Mac etree info HERE)
Open the "TCP/IP" Control Panel. The number next to the
words "IP Address:" is your IP address.
3.6 - Determining
your Connection Speed
Knowing the speed that you are connected to the
Internet at is important because it will often determine how fast you can
download Shorten (.shn) files (the other consideration, obviously, is the
available bandwidth of the server from which you are downloading).
Here is a great place to check how fast your
Internet connection is. It even has a 'barometer' to gauge what
the numbers mean!
SPEED TEST (http://msn.zdnet.com/partners/msn/bandwidth/speedtest500.htm)
Another Great site that shows your UPLOAD speed as well, very helpful to determine if you can run a server too! Find it HERE (http://www.dslreports.com/stest)
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