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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"

      • for pages seen at www.ohio.edu/people/, specify "Host" as people2.ohio.edu

      • for pages seen on the staging server, specify "Host" as wws2.ohio.edu

      • for pages seen on the production server, specify "Host" as ww2.ohio.edu

      • for pages seen on OAK, specify "Host" as oak.cats.ohiou.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. This stores information about the server in the Mac OS's "known hosts" file.

  3. When the connection is made:

    • for people2.ohio.edu, you will see a list of all the folders for people with public pages in http://www.ohio.edu/people/

      • 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.

    • for ww2 and wws2, you will see a list of all the other Front Door folders

      • If your pages have URLs that contain "www.ohio.edu" or "wws2.ohio.edu," then scroll to find your subsite's folder in the lower-right, and open that folder.

      • If your pages are published by the static-page production server, but have URLs that do not contain "www.ohio.edu," then click on "WebDocumentFolders" in the upper-portion of the right side; in the lower portion of the right side, either open the folder whose name matches your site or open the folder with the ".." label in order to navigate to other drives and folders to find your site.

    • for OAK, you will see a list of the files and folders in your home directory. Find and open the folder named "public_html" for your public site, and the folder named "public_shtml" for your secure site.

  4. You are now ready to transfer files. 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.

  5. 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