Crawling and indexing FTP sites

Funnelback includes basic support for the crawling of FTP sites using the web crawler.

Crawling of FTP sites does not support document level security.
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Method

  1. Create a web data source for the ftp site index

    • Configure the start URL to be the FTP site’s root page

    • Configure include/exclude patterns as for a standard web data source

    • Enable the ftp protocol by adding ftp to the crawler_protocols data source configuration setting.

  2. Configure authentication

    • Set the ftp username and password configuration options in the data source configuration:

      ftp_passwd=<FTP-USERNAME>
      ftp_user=<FTP-PASSWORD>
  3. Configure filetypes and download sizes

    • The basic filetypes supported by web data sources will be gathered. Additional filetypes can be added. See: Configure Funnelback to index additional file types

    • Set download and parser sizes using the crawler.max_download_size and crawler.max_parse_size settings.

  4. Crawl the site.

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