an Apple Design award for Best Mac OS X Use of Open Source. As
expected, I found myself wondering why the heck you need a gui
interface for scp or sftp, but actually it turned out to be
useful and .. I liked it.
Well, not entirely. There's plenty that annoyed me. When
I first fired this up and tried moving a file, the silly
thing wanted to fire up BBEDIT after it was done. I don't
have BBEDIT, so it complains. Huh? Why
would you assume I want to edit something after I copy it?
Ahh.. that's the wacky Fugu interface. I had clicked "Edit"
first, and that "sticks". Any file dragged or double-clicked
after that triggers the editing. The only way to get out of
that mode is to disconnect and come back in.
Well, not quite. In Preferences, you can choose
your preferred editor. I chose "vi" and found that
doesn't work - but gives no error message either. Apparently
being unable to find "vi" doesn't bother Fugu one
Fugu carries this persistence idea to its text
selection. I had copied down three files I didn't
want, so I highlighted them and clicked Delete. After
the obligatory warning about the finality of my proposed
actions, Fugu still had three files highlighted - just
whatever was aplhabetically next. That's just weird.
By the way, Fugu has no support for SSH key authentication. That's not a show-stopper;
just use ssh-agent in Terminal and do "open /applications/fugu.app".
Update: apparently they have added this.
Fugo does offer a tunneling interface. That seems to work
well, but it got very confused when I wanted to kill the tunnel.
It did in fact tear the tunnel down, but didn't know that it
had done so - it thought the tunnel was still active and that
it was unable to kill the process.
However, I did find this very useful for cleaning up junk.
The graphical sftp let me sort by filename, date or size and
I was able to spot a lot of old cruft I just hadn't noticed
in my command line excursions.
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