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I am a little confused on how i am suppose to get a file from my terminal window on my mac that I want to have/need to use on a different applicatopn (APLX) in order to edit this file. I was wondering if it is:

scp username@userhost.edu:directory/file file

Is this the right command to use to get a specific file onto my mac itself?

Thank You

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You should be able to use the following command to copy a remote file to your local Mac:

scp [username]@[server address]:[path to source file] [destination directory]

For example:

scp john@192.168.1.1:~/Desktop/file.zip ~/Desktop/

That should do it!

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Okay, if i am logged onto a school account and want to transfer this file to my mac, would this be the same process. Say from my student account for my class? – user1698560 Oct 2 '12 at 0:38
    
If you are ssh'd into the remote server, you would modify the command a bit: scp [path to source file] [username]@[you mac's ip address]:[destination directory] For example: scp ~/Desktop/file.zip john@192.168.1.1:~/Desktop/ Hope that helps! – user162522 Oct 2 '12 at 15:32

Yeah, scp should do the trick.

scp username@host:~/test.txt ~/Downloads/

That will copy test.txt from my server to my local drive (to my Downloads folder).

In the Terminal, you can do this to see the scp manual:

man scp

There are a lot more examples on this page.

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Okay, if i am logged onto a school account and want to transfer this file to my mac, would this be the same process. Say from my student account for my class? – user1698560 Oct 2 '12 at 0:21

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