Frequently Asked Questions - Web Edition - Manual Download & Upload

 

Manually Downloading & Uploading

 

Overview

Manually downloading and uploading isn't hard. Both download and upload become a two-step process instead an automatic/click on a button process.

Downloading consists of visiting the Administration page on the web site and downloading and saving the file(s) onto your PC and then going into the Web interface program and manually importing the file(s).

Uploading consists of going into the Web interface program and saving a file and then going to the Administration page on the website to upload it.

If you are manually downloading and uploading then it is recommended that you turn off the automatic Upload and Download feature on the Connections tab of the Web Interface options.

The following instructions assume that you have done this.

 

The Administration page on the web site

You will need to use the Administration page of the web site for both downloading and uploading, so we recommend that once you have visited the Upload/Download page you add it to your favourites (or bookmarks).

An easy way to get to the Administration page is to go to the Tippers page on the web site. The web address in your browser will end tippers.cgi or tippers.pl (depending on the type of web server). If you change the end of the line to admin.cgi or admin.pl

eg
http://www.yourname.com.au/cgi-bin/tipping/tippers.cgi becomes
http://www.yourname.com.au/cgi-bin/tipping/admin.cgi

or
http://www.yourname.com.au/scripts/tipping/tippers.pl becomes
http://www.yourname.com.au/scripts/tipping/admin.pl

and then press enter you should then be asked for your Administrator password - this is your Footy Organiser password. Entering it and clicking 'OK' will take you to the Administration page where your should click on the 'Upload or Download' link.

 

Downloading then Importing

Downloading files.
If you are manually downloading then depending on the options you have selected you may have to download up to three files.

  1. You will always have to download the relevant tips file (tipsn.dat where n is the round number).
  2. If your tippers are joining on the web pages then you may need to download the 'joined' tippers file, though this is usually only for the first round or two of the season (joinedn.dat where n is the round number).
  3. If you allow your tippers to change their passwords on the website then you will have to download the 'changed password' file (chgpass.dat).

First you need to go to the Administration page of your web competition.

Downloading the file(s) is (or should be) simple, though it can depend on which web browser you are using. You should just click on the link to the required file and a "Save as…" or "Save this file to disk" window should appear. However, if this doesn't occur (your browser might display the contents of the file!) then you should click on the link with your right mouse button and choose the option to "Save Target As…" or "Save Link as…" - This should display the appropriate "Save as…" dialog.

We recommend you save the file in the 'download' folder under the main footy folder. You must save these files with the correct names (tipsn.dat or joinedn.dat where n is the round number eg tips5.dat or joined1.dat or chgpass.dat).

Please note that you might see these file names without the '.dat' on the end - this depends on the settings on your PC.

Importing downloaded files.
To import the downloaded information into the footy database you should start the 'Web Interface' program, select the 'Download' tab, click on the 'Import' button in the manual import section, select the directory that contains the file (usually the 'download' folder) then select the file and click 'OK'. Please see the step-by-step summary for details on the sequence of importation.





Importing Tips - A report will be generated listing the tips imported together with any problem(s). This file is called Rnn_imps.txt (where nn is the round number) and it will be found in the same directory as the imported file.
If you import a tips file more than once then the latest import overwrites the earlier one. If a tipper has entered tips more than once on the Internet (they might have changed their mind) then they will have more than one record in the tips file. Their latest tips will overwrite any earlier ones. If you import twice in the same round then the report is added to the end of the existing report file

Importing new 'joined' tippers - A report will be generated listing the new tippers imported together with any problem(s). This file is called Rnn_adds.txt (where nn is the round number) and it will be found in the same directory as the imported file.
If you import a new tippers file more than once then the latest import overwrites the earlier one and the report is added to the end of the existing report file.

Outputting and uploading

If tippers are currently joining on the website then you should download and import the 'joined' tippers file before uploading. If you are allowing tippers to change thier passwords on the website then it is recommended that you download & import the chgpass.dat file before uploading.

Saving the information for uploading.
Start the 'Web Interface' program, select the 'Upload' tab and then press 'Save'. This Save button will only appear if the automatic upload/download option in your Interface is disabled.

This will save a file called 'upload.dat' into the 'upload' folder under the main footy folder.

Uploading the saved file.
Uploading the file is done using the Administration pages on the website. Go to the Administration page then the Upload/Download page. Towards the bottom of the page is an Upload section.

Press the 'Browse...' or 'Choose File' button (depending on your browser), then browse to the 'Upload' folder under the main footy folder, select the upload.dat file (you might see the file name as 'upload' without the '.dat') and press the 'Open' button. Once the path and file name are displayed, press the 'Upload File' button to complete the Upload.

Step-by-step instructions for each round

Prior to the start of the season you will need to download and upload as required.

Prior to start of season.
Upload whenever competition or web interface options are changed. If you have tippers joining during this period then you should download & import 'joined' tippers and any password changes BEFORE you save & upload.

Each round during the season.

Downloading & Importing then Closing the round.
After the cut-off time for the round has passed (some Organisers do this on Monday morning just before they do the Results) you should download & import the following files. It doesn't matter in which order you download them, but you MUST import them in the correct order:

  1. The new 'joined' tippers file (joinedn.dat) - if there is one.
  2. The password changes file (chgpass.dat) - will only be available if you have enabled this option.
  3. The tips file (tipsn.dat)

Once you have downloaded and imported you can then 'close the round' using the 'Close Round' option available from the 'Organiser' menu option in the main Organiser program.

Entering Results then Saving & Uploading.
Once all the games in the round have been completed and you have downloaded, imported and closed the round you should enter the Results using the 'Results' option available from the 'Organiser' menu option in the main Organiser program. You can then save & upload the latest competition infomation to the web site.

 

Uploading Reports

Uploading reports is also a two stage process. Firstly you need to select 'Reports' on the 'Upload' tab of the Web interface then you need to select the reports you want to upload.

Clicking on the 'Save' button will save the selected reports to the 'upload' folder under the main footy folder.

Uploading the reports is done using the Administration pages on the website. Go to the Administration page then the Upload/Download page. Towards the bottom of the page is an Upload section.

Press the 'Browse...' or 'Choose File' button (depending on your browser), then browse to the 'Upload' folder under the main footy folder, select the required report file (you might see the file name as (eg) 'Rnn_LAD.HTM' without the '.htm') and press the 'Open' button. Once the path and file name are displayed, press the 'Upload File' button to complete the Upload.

To upload more than one report you will need to browse to and upload each report seperately.

Report names (where nn is the round number):

Rnn_LAD.HTM   Competitor Ladder
Rnn_SEL.HTM   Competitor Selections
FIXnn_nn.HTM   Fixtures Results
Rnn_LL.HTM   League Ladder
Rnn_PAY.HTM   Payment
Rnn_KSEL.HTM   Knock Out Selections (if applicable)
Rnn_KLAD.HTM   Knock Out Ladder (if applicable)
Snn_nnLD.HTM   Selective Ladder


Uploading Rules

Uploading rules is also a two stage process. Firstly you need to generate (and edit if you wish) your Rules page using the 'Rules' section of the 'Pages' tab of the Web interface 'Options'.

This will create a file called 'rules.txt' in your main footy folder. You will need to locate this file using Windows Explorer or My Computer and rename it 'rules.dat'

Uploading the Rules page is done using the Administration pages on the website. Go to the Administration page then the Upload/Download page. Towards the bottom of the page is an Upload section.

Press the 'Browse' button, then browse to the 'Upload' folder under the main footy folder, select the 'rules.dat' file (you might see the file name as 'rules' without the '.dat') and press the 'Open' button. Once the path and file name are displayed, press the 'Upload File' button to complete the Upload.