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The file submission system allows students to submit project files over the web. These are usually student programs, but any file which fulfills some assignment may be transmitted. For each assignment, the instructor specifies what files are needed. The student sees this as a web form containing upload fields for each of the required files. The student fills in his or her name, specifies the needed files, and presses the submit button. The files are transmitted and stored on the server until the instructor retrieves them. This may be done through a web interface or using the the command line. The web interface allows the instructor to download individual files, or to download an archive of all submissions with a single click.

Many instructors receive assignment files as email attachments. The submit system is better for a number of reasons: