Transferring Files To/From Your Linux Account

To W&L Windows Accounts

  • Open a file manager window
  • From the “File” menu, select “Connect to Server”
  • Change the Service type to “Windows share”
  • The server is mfsacad1.wlu.edu
  • The domain name is ad.wlu.edu
  • Enter your user name
  • Click connect and enter your password

To/From Home Machines

Mac/Linux

scp: Secure CoPy

If you use Linux or Mac at home, you can Secure CoPy or scp your files to and from the Linux machines.

scp works similar to the cp command:

scp <source> <dest>

where either the source or the destination can be a remote location, in the form username@remotehost:path/to/resource/from/username's/home

For example

 scp thisfile username@terras.cs.wlu.edu:path/to/destlocation/

If you want to copy a whole directory, use the -r option, just as in the cp command.

sftp: Secure FTP

You could also use Secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to transfer files.

Windows

On Windows, you can use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) tool, such as SmartFTP (although word is that SmartFTP is no longer free).

Connect to pascal.cs.wlu.edu with your username and password for the Linux machines. You can then use the GUI to transfer your files from your home machine to your Linux account and back.

Cross-Platform GUIs

  • FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox.

Connect to terras.cs.wlu.edu with your username and password for the Linux machines. Under “Connection”, select “SFTP”. You can then use the GUI to transfer your files from your home machine to your Linux account and back.

Changing File Formats

On Linux, you can automatically change plain text files formatted for Mac or DOS to Unix using the commands dos2unix or mac2unix. Use man to learn how to use the commands.

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