adding large files to application

Hi Guys,

I am working on what I hope is a simple asset management system for the
company work for.

Does anyone have any recommendations for uploading large files to the
system? We work in TV post production, so files can easily 5GB+ , most
tending to be a few hundred megabytes.

The software is for our intranet (1GB ethernet). However I am trying to
make this app with the intention of being able to access it from out of
office.

I have read that some file 'upload' ideas peak out at 100MB, at which
point the app with crash/die.

Apologies if this is poorly explained, I can go into more detail if
necessary.

Any help would be great!

Thanks!

Adam

Adam Teale wrote:

Does anyone have any recommendations for uploading large files to the
system? We work in TV post production, so files can easily 5GB+ , most
tending to be a few hundred megabytes.

HTTP is too narrow for reliable file transfers. You need a protocol like SCP or modern FTP, which treat the target drive as a real file system. This gives your users all the features - renaming, drag-n-drop, multiple copies, bookmarks, previews, progress bars, restarts, cancels, etc.

Build a folder on your server with public write permissions, and instruct your minions to use a client, such as Tranmit or WinSCP, to push the bulk files up.

Then develop a web page which reads this folder and displays the names of any files. Users then click on a file, possibly add information to it, then Submit its name to a form.

The Rails action can now use FileUtils.mv to efficiently put the data into its new home. If the action must read the data, you could use spawn{} to detach a background task to finish the processing.

Hi Phlip!

Thanks for the advice! Appreciated!

I figured something like that would be the case.

Do you know of any projects that I can 'borrow' some code from to do the
file navigation on the server via a browser? I have found things that
seem to use a bit of Java (that i have never understood!)

Thanks again Phlip!

Adam