- I need to download a file from server to my desktop. (UBUNTU 10.04) I don't have a web access to the server, just ssh. If it helps, my OS is Mac OS X and iTerm 2 as a terminal.
- I'm trying to copy my.profile,.rvm and.ssh folders/files to a new computer and keep getting a 'not a regular file' response. I know how to use the cp and ssh commands but I'm not sure how to use them in order to transfer files from one computer to another. Any help would be great, thanks!
In the Terminal app on your Mac, use the mv command to move files or folders from one location to another on the same computer. The mv command moves the file or folder from its old location and puts it in the new location. For example, to move a file from your Downloads folder to a Work folder in your Documents folder.
In my previous guide, I have shared four methods of renaming a file or a folder, in that guide I have discussed a little bit about renaming via command line. In this guide, we will discuss it in detail. The command we will use for this is: mv. The mv command not only renames your file/folder, it can change the location of your renamed file if you wish to do so.
Let’s get familiar with the syntax of mv command first:
If the file or folder you want to rename is in the current working directory(to check your current working directory just type pwd on terminal and hit return):
If the file or folder you wish to rename is not in the current working directory then you need to provide the full file name.
Renaming a file via command line
Steps are as follows:
1. Type mv then open Finder and drag the file on terminal (this is to copy the full path of file to the terminal)
Note: Please do note that while dragging the file to terminal, make sure that the finder window and terminal window don’t overlap else this trick won’t work.
2. Now you need to give the new file name, here you have two options based on where you want your new file to be. If you want your new file at the same location then type the same full path (or you can drag the file again and just edit the file name) with the new file name. The full command will look like this:
If you want your renamed file at different location then instead of copying the same full path again just type the new file path with file name. This operation will change the file name as well as change the location of your file.
Now the renamed file would be moved from TheMacBeginner folder to the Documents folder.
Since macOS is based on Unix there are a number of ways to compress files and folders within the filing system using Unix based application code, below are a few options using the Terminal or command line interface (cli). The default command line application interface in macOS is the Terminal and is stored in /Applications/Utilities.
File and folder compression saves on file size and ensures the contents are captured and delivered or stored as one monolithic file. A compressed file which contains files and folders is generally referred to as an archive. Here are some built-in compression applications you can use including zip, tar, gz, bz2, gz and dmg.
ZIP – Cross Platform
First up is ZIP one of the most commonly used compression techniques used across all platforms
If you want to make a zip without those invisible Mac resource files such as “_MACOSX” or “._Filename” and .ds store files, use the “-X” option in the command so:
TAR.GZ – Cross Platform
Second up is TAR, an old favorite on Unix/Linux – you add the GZ for the compression – compresses tighter than zip
TAR.BZ2 – Cross Platform
A variation on TAR GZ but with better compression than both tar.gz and zip.
Without the tar
DMG – macOS Only
This one is macOSnative only – for a GUI interface use /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility – for command line use:
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You can also use a number of different formats for creating a .dmg
- UDZO – Compressed image (default)
- UDRO – Read-only image
- UDBZ – Better compressed image
- UDRW – Read/Write image
- UDTO – DVD disk image
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That’s the low down, the more common compression packages available will typically be covered in one of the above.