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Using ssh to copy a public_html file and place the copied file into my Virtualbox ubuntu machine

Hi anyone. I am trying to copy my Joomla website to my Virtualbox. I have already gathered the database and files using ssh and downloaded to my machine. I just need to copy rhe database and web files from my machine and place into my Virtualbox - ubuntu machine using ssh. I am fairly new to using all these programs, etc. But I enjoying learning new skills.

2 Answers

Jeff Muday
Jeff Muday
Treehouse Moderator 28,717 Points

Can you ssh from the machine to the virtual box or vice-versa?

If so, then you can probably use 'scp' or 'sftp' utilities.

Here I demonstrate a simple example of scp

treehouse:~/workspace$ scp                                                                             
usage: scp [-12346BCpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file]                               
           [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program]                                           
           [[user@]host1:]file1 ... [[user@]host2:]file2 

Now... lets copy a file from treehouse to a remote host

treehouse:~/workspace$ ls                                                                              
assets create_daily.py  monster.py  __pycache__  shop.py

We choose 'monster.py'

treehouse:~/workspace$ scp monster.py jeff@somedomain.net:~/monster.py                                    
jeff@somedomain.com's password:                                                                           
monster.py                                                           100%   80     0.1KB/s   00:00     

Now... what if we want to transfer a whole directory called "assets" to the other server and put it in your 'home' directory... scp has you covered with the '-r' switch

treehouse:~/workspace$ scp -r assets jeff@somedomain.net:~                                                
jeff@somedomain.net's password:                                                                           
test.html                                                            100%   15     0.0KB/s   00:00     
another.html                                                         100%   20     0.0KB/s   00:00

Thanks Jeff for answering. Sincere apologies for this late reply. I had been away to see relatives.

I'm relatively new to Treehouse so I haven't answered questions or posted any questions before this one. Using ssh is further than my achievements so far on Treehouse. This question relates to something on a different project. The only way to learn is to tackle projects beyond your level.

I can ssh from my machine to my Virtualbox. I log into my ubuntu server that way.

Jeff Muday
Jeff Muday
Treehouse Moderator 28,717 Points

I am a casual VirtualBox user -- Ubuntu is a great choice for an environment either as a host or client operating system.

VMWare performs better (I use it at work), but the price of "free" for VirtualBox makes it pretty compelling for home projects.

Thanks Jeff.

I have only recently downloaded VirtualBox as I use it at work. I'm a junior web developer but I'm have not been long in the position. This is my first web dev job. I began to use VirtualBox at work so I wanted to download it at home for my windows laptop to practice more with it especially with ubuntu. As I am relatively new to VirtualBox and ubuntu, I don't know of many projects as of yet (apart from the one I asked recently) I can do in my spare time to get my experience level up. Using Cygwin, ssh and cmd to execute commands is something I would like to have more experience with also.