Copying File to server /var/www using ssh on a Desktop?

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    Question Copying File to server /var/www using ssh on a Desktop?

    I'm new to the server things, anyway its my first try. What i wanted to do was to unzip a wordpress zipped archive file in /var/www but it is corrently located on the Desktop im using to work on the server. I wanted to move the zip file to /var/www and then unzip it there but i cnt figure how to do it. I know basic cp commands but i cnt seem to figure this one out. Can anyone help me out here?

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    So mv moves a file. The file is on the machine you want it on, right? So open up a terminal and navigate to your desktop. (If the file is on your machine and you want it somewhere else, you can sftp it over, I would guess.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabstop View Post
    So mv moves a file. The file is on the machine you want it on, right? So open up a terminal and navigate to your desktop. (If the file is on your machine and you want it somewhere else, you can sftp it over, I would guess.)

    Yea Tabstop its on the Machine's desktop im working on, so i wanted to get it to /etc/var/www but it seems that a simple cp wouldnt work: I got the quote below from yahooanswers which makes sense, but im still a bit confused, so my question would change how to i move the zip file over using ftp then? Can you help me out?

    SSH doesn't work the way it seems you think it does.

    SSH allows you to log into a remote system and execute commands on that computer's shell, but simply executing commands on that computer does not allow you copy files from your computer to that one. The SSH connection you have is essentially a text-only one.

    In order to get the files onto the remote system, you need to use a facility like FTP to transfer the files. From there you can use the shell through SSH to unzip it in the proper location.
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    Let's say you're on sourcemachine, and you want to copy a file from its Desktop to your server (which we'll call targetmachine). You could run a command like this:
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    $ scp file.ext targetmachine:/var/www
    If you want to login as a specific user on the target machine, you can use
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    $ scp file.ext username@targetmachine:/var/www
    I hope I've answered your question . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks View Post
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    Yea Thank you very much DWK, that surely worked, thanks a lot, appreciate it
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