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Using the Network Browser with ClickMail
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|Here's a Network Browser showing multiple server types listed in an LDAP directory. An AppleShare server and an FTP server have been opened to show their contents:
Step-by-step directions and tips
Open the Network Browser to reveal one or more LDAP servers (such as ClickMail). These appear in the top level of the Network Browser window, along with AppleTalk and other Neighborhoods. LDAP servers are named by host name or IP address. There are three ways to view the contents of a server. Click the triangle, double-click to open the contents (same window), or open in a new window (File menu).
When the LDAP server is opened, all directory entries at the top level of the server (or branch specified by searchbase) are listed by name. All server URLs may also included as attributes in the entries are also listed at the same level (this may be a bug, it doesn't always happen).
FTP servers can be browsed in the Browser (gee that's logical), revealing their contents similar to a normal Finder View as List. You can even download files from an FTP site by dragging them to the desktop! A polite progress bar appears while the file is downloading, and downloaded files are referred to the appropriate helper app, such as Stuffit Expander. Uploads work too.
AppleShare (AFP) servers simply list shared volumes rather than their contents. To open the volume in the Finder, double-click it.
Web URLs (HTTP) may be double-clicked to open them in a web browser.
To save an alias of a Neighborhood, LDAP entry, AppleShare volume, FTP URL, FTP folder, or Web URL, drag it from the Browser's window to the desktop. Or, select it and hit command-M. You can also add any of these to your Favorites.
To delete a Neighborhood you've added manually in the Browser, delete the corresponding file in the Favorites folder. Or you might need to look in NSL's preferences folder.
The Network Browser does not report LDAP errors. If you don't see any entries, re-enter the LDAP name and search base in Internet (control panel). Also check LDAP permissions on the server. Your LDAP server log should show what's going wrong.
Bonus tip: To open an FTP server that's not listed, choose "Connect To Server..." from the pointing hand popup menu and type the host name of the server.