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Using Fetch

Before you can begin transferring files with fetch:

  • You must have Fetch installed and configured with the correct settings. This process is described on the following page: Installing Fetch

  • You must have created your public and secure home folders. This process is described on the following page: Provision Steps

Once both of those are done, then you can use Fetch to transfer your files:

  1. Start Fetch and select New Connection from the File menu.

    In the resulting dialog box:

    • specify "Hostname" as people2.ohio.edu

    • specify "Username" as your OHIO ID

    • select SFTP in the "Connect using" dropdown menu

    • specify "Password" as your OHIO password

    Leave the Initial folder and Port fields blank, if those extra choices are displayed.

    New Fetch Connection

  2. Click on Connect to make the connection.

    Note: The first time you connect to a server, you may be asked to confirm its identity. That stores information about the server in the Mac OS's "known hosts" file.

  3. When the connection is made, you will see a list of all the folders for people with public pages in http://www.ohio.edu/people/

    Fetch Connected
    • If you want to work on your public pages, scroll to find the folder whose name matches your OHIO ID and open that folder.

    • If you want to work on your secure pages, click on the Path button and select people2.ohio.edu. Open the secure folder and then the people folder. Scroll to find the folder whose name matches your OHIO ID and open that folder.

    Fetch Path

  4. Continue to navigate through your directories on the server until you are inside the directory where you want to place the new file.

    Note: both Path and Recent can allow you to easier navigate through directories.

  5. There are two ways to perform the file transfer:

    • Drag and drop : open a Finder window and navigate to the file or folder you want to transfer and then use the mouse to drag the file or folder from your Finder window into the Fetch window to upload (or vice versa to download).

      Note: This is usable only if you want an automatic-mode transfer.

    • Toolbar : click on the Put button on the toolbar. In the resulting dialog box, navigate through your Mac's disk drive until you have selected the file you want to transfer. The lower portion of the dialog includes a Format pop-up, which defaults to Automatic. You can force a text mode transfer by selecting text, or a binary mode transfer by selecting Raw data. Click on the file and then click on the Put button at the lower right to perform the upload. 

    Note: If you attempt to transfer a file that is bigger than your available free space, the server will refuse to accept the full file. The part of the file that used up your available space will be left on the server, and Fetch will display an error message that identifies the lack of available space as the cause of the problem.You will have to manually delete the file-fragment to remove the useless file. You can delete a file by selecting it and then clicking on the Delete button at the right end of the toolbar.

  6. When done transferring files, choose Quit from the Fetch menu.

    Note: If you need to change the name of a file after uploading it, click on the Refresh button on the toolbar, then click on the file whose name you want to modify. Click on the Get Info button on the toolbar and rename the file.

    Fetch Refresh