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How to transfer files to the MIA server


Windows: WinSCP
  1. Download client
  2. Install client
  3. Set session parameters
    • Host name:
    • User name: <username> (e.g. jbloggs)
    • Password: (leave empty)
    • Port number: 22 (default)
    • Protocol: SFTP
      (You can select SCP, which is an older protocol. SCP is slightly faster than SFTP because it does not wait for packet confirmations, etc. However, unlike SFTP, SCP does not allow transfers to be resumed. So, if you transfer a large file and the connection is interrupted, you will have to start all over again, while SFTP have the capability to resume the transfer.)

  4. Save session as site
    • Click "Save" to save this information in the registry. Give the session a name: <username>

  5. Login
    • The first time you login, the server's host key must be added to your local cache: Click Yes.

  6. Configuration
    • From the menu, click View->Preferences (or Tools->Preferences if you start out from the Login dialog box)
    • Click on the Transfer node
    • Select Default in the list of "Transfer settings presets" and press the "Edit..." button
    • Untick the "Preserve timestamp" box and press OK.


Mac OS X: Cyberduck
  1. Obtain client
  2. Install client
  3. Click Open Connection
    • Protocol: SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer)
    • Server:
    • Port: 22 (default)
    • Username: jbloggs
    • Password: <type your password>
      If you followed the steps correctly, the URL should now be s
  4. Connect
    • First time you login, you must accept the host key: Click Always.


Linux: gFTP
  1. Install client
    • $ aptitude install gftp-common gftp-gtk
  2. Edit configuration file
    • Either modify or insert the following values into ~/.gftp/gftprc:


    Caution: Note that the 'default_protocol' option is absolutely crucial; you might otherwise send your password unencrypted across the Internet to the default port tcp/21!
  3. Connect
    • First time you login, you will get a warning about host authenticity. Click Yes to add the key to known_hosts.

    For alternative solutions, see the document How to set up GNU for the M.I.A.



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