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Fugu - Secure File Transfer Client Guide

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This program can be used to securely transfer your files to your web space via the Linux Service. The following information guides you through the process of setting up the program and how to access your users web space.

Fugu can be downloaded from the Information Technology Central Services (ITCS), University of Michigan Fugu web site:


  1. Download the program from
  2. Locate the downloaded program and double click on the program .dmg file.
  3. Fugu will install itself onto your machine. You may wish to move the program to your Applications folder.

1. Accessing the Linux Service

  1. To access the Linux service using Fugu, click on the installed Fugu program icon. The following Connection screen will open:
    Fugu's opening screen
    Figure 1. Fugu's opening screen
  2. In the Connect to box, type in
    Connection details
    Figure 2. Connection details
  3. Type your Username into the appropriate box.
  4. For the Port number type in 22
  5. Click the Connect button.
  6. A new screen appears asking you to enter your password. Add to the box and click the Authenticate button.
    Password screen
    Figure 3. Password screen
  7. You will now see your Linux account in the right hand panel which contains one cgi folder. You can now transfer files to and from your Linux account using drag and drop between the panels.
    Default Linux account containing shortcut to cgi folder.
    Figure 4. Default Linux account containing shortcut to cgi folder.

2. Accessing your Users' web space via Linux

In order to see your web folder you need to add a shortcut from your Linux account to the users web space. This shortcut cannot be made using Fugu.

  1. From the favourites menu, click on the screen icon to begin a Terminal session.
    Terminal program icon
    Figure 5. Terminal program icon
  2. At the $ prompt type ssh [username] (i.e. if your username is abcd1234, type ssh and press <Enter>.
    Type in SSH connection
    Figure 6. Type in SSH connection
  3. You will now be asked for your Oxford Account password, type this in and press <Enter>. N.B. you will not see any text on the screen as you type your password.
    Password prompt
    Figure 7. Password prompt
  4. If you have never done this before, you will see the following message:

    The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 12:05:75:ee:73:a7:6d:3d:27:f3:fd:32:c7:5d:9b:09. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

    You can verify that this is correct by visiting the Linux security page where the key fingerprints are displayed. Type Yes to continue.

  5. Once your password is accepted, you will be greeted by the Linux service welcome information.
    Linux Service welcome information
    Figure 8. Linux Service welcome information
  6. You now need to send a command to the server telling it to make a shortcut to your user web space. At the $ prompt type makeweblinks and press <Enter>.
    Shortcut command
    Figure 9. Shortcut command
  7. The system will respond by adding a new line with your and a $ prompt.
    Command completed
    Figure 10. Command completed
  8. You have now successfully added a shortcut to your Linux account going to your user web space. If you now type ls you will see a new folder called public_html.
  9. Type Logoff and close down the Terminal.
  10. On returning to Fugu you need to refresh the Linux account panel by clicking the Reload button, after which you will see that a new shortcut to public_html has been added to your folder.
    Shortcut now added to account
    Figure 11. Shortcut now added to account

    If you click on this link, Fugu will show you your web space account folder.

    Web folder view showing example files
    Figure 12. Web folder view showing example files

    You can now drag and drop files to and from your users web space using the Fugu program.

  11. To close the connection to, click on the Disconnect button near the top of the screen.
    disconnect button
  12. You can now close the program in the normal way.


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Written by IT Services. Latest revision 22 October 2019