Go to the Facility for the Upload of Large Files (fluff) (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fluff/) to use the service.
This service is intended to allow users to distribute large files to others (both within and outside the University) without transmitting the files by email.
The user uploads the file via a web form, and is then sent an email containing a URL from which the intended recipients can download a copy of the file. The intention is that instead of sending the file itself, the originator can simply mail a URL.
The files uploaded to this server are kept for up to fourteen days before being automatically removed.
Any member of the University can use the service.
The main parts of the functionality are 'upload', 'large' and 'files'. Adding an 'F' suggests 'fulf', but that's not a word, so we got 'fluff'. 'Facility' is a convenient word beginning with 'F' that fits in nicely. 'Facility For the Upload of Large Files' becomes FFULF, but if you reverse it, it comes out as 'FLUFF'. We normally write it in lower-case because capitals can look aggressive, and fluffy things are nicer and more calming!
See the separate data security issues page.
Yes. 'fluff for guests' was made available on 17th May 2004.
This is currently set to 2000 MB.
See the separate page: files that are too big for fluff.
There are no current plans to extend the retention period beyond two weeks.
You need to contact the person who uploaded the file originally, and ask them to re-upload it. As a matter of policy, we do not restore such files except at the explicit request of the original uploader. Files are always uploaded to fluff with an explicit expiration date, and the uploader can choose to delete files before they expire. This being so, we cannot make assumptions that the uploader is still happy for a file to be downloaded once the file is no longer available via fluff.
Yes! Access via IPv6 was enabled on 6th June 2012 (World IPv6 Launch day).
By all means! It may be possible to make simple changes to fluff fairly quickly, but changes requiring architectural changes will obviously take much longer. Please mail requests to email@example.com.
Mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org