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20 months ago
Berlin, Germany

The European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) requires certain datasets to be uploaded to the Webin upload area (webin.ebi.ac.uk) before they can be submitted via XML files that reference the uploaded file.

According to this doc, one can use lftp to upload a data file. However, when I try to do this in practice, I find that several modifications have to be made to get anywhere near a login to the Webin upload area:

Attempting a log-in under the default settings causes a freeze at line

ls' at 0 [FEAT negotiation...]

michael_science ~ $lftp webin.ebi.ac.uk lftp webin.ebi.ac.uk:~> login myWebinAccount Password: lftp myWebinAccount@webin.ebi.ac.uk:~> ls ls' at 0 [Connecting...] ls' at 0 [FEAT negotiation...]  Attempting a log-in upon disabling FEAT negotiation and SSL encryption goes further, but still doesn't get the job done, as it freezes at line ls' at 0 [Logging in...] lftp -e 'set ftp:use-feat false; set ftp:ssl-allow false' webin.ebi.ac.uk lftp webin.ebi.ac.uk:~> login myWebinAccount Password: lftp myWebinAccount@webin.ebi.ac.uk:~> ls ls' at 0 [Connecting...] ls' at 0 [Logging in...]  Has anyone successfully logged onto to the Webin upload area (webin.ebi.ac.uk) recently? If so, how? Edit 1: Upon communication with the ENA helpdesk, it turned out to be a server problem by ENA, which seems to have been resolved for now. ADD COMMENTlink 0 Entering edit mode This sounds like a good case to create a direct help desk ticket with EBI. ADD REPLYlink 3 Entering edit mode 17 months ago SMK ♦ 1.3k Ghent, Belgium I was able to connect to webin.ebi.ac.uk yesterday, using both ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk command or Transmit (FTP client for OSX), but the connection was not very stable. Today I found it not possible to reach it using the same methods. ADD COMMENTlink 0 Entering edit mode @AllenKao Would you mind sharing the precise commands that you are using when ftp'ing to webin.ebi.ac.uk? ADD REPLYlink 0 Entering edit mode Yes, in addition to the FTP client, this worked on Monday (source): 1. Open a terminal and type ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk. 2. Enter the username and password associated with your Webin submission account. 3. Type bin to use binary mode. 4. Type ls command to check the content of your drop box. 5. Type prompt to switch off confirmation for each file uploaded. 6. Use mput command to upload files. 7. Use bye command to exit the ftp client. Just tried it and now works for me: $ ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk
Connected to webin.ebi.ac.uk (193.62.192.11).
220 (vsFTPd 2.2.2)
Name webin.ebi.ac.uk:XXXXX): myWebinAccount
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.

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@AllenKao Thanks. I used pretty much the same commands in the past. However, I am still unable to even connect to the server, as it hangs at login:

\$ ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk
Connected to hh-webin.ebi.ac.uk.
# Hangs here forever.

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You might contact the ENA Helpdesk: datasubs@ebi.ac.uk .

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Michael Gruenstaeudl : This could a problem with your local firewall/security setup. I just tried ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk and was immediately presented with a login prompt.

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Just received an email by ENA that it was a server problem on their side. Seems to be corrected now.

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Interestingly, I am able to connect when I ftp directly to the IP address:

ftp 193.62.192.11
Connected to 193.62.192.11.
220 (vsFTPd 2.2.2)
Name (193.62.192.11:XXXX):

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It is the third day I try without success... ftp 193.62.192.11 and ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk the same...

421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection

:(

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This must be a local issue. I just tried ftp webin.ebi.ac.uk (or 193.62.192.11) and was immediately presented with a login prompt.

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Interesting... I have tried from two different location in Sweden without success....

both are in universities.... maybe a new firewall protection ...

Ok, I have tried using a vpn and now it is working !!