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Unzipping a file online (6 posts)

  • Started 3 years ago by Christopher Payne
  • Latest reply 3 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • Christopher Payne Member

    I have uploaded a zip file to my website: it's a new theme for one of my WordPress sites.
    I would like to unzip it online.
    I double clicked on it in Fetch -- :) -- but that simply cause Fetch to download it to my Desktop!
    How do I unzip the folder?

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    If your web hosting company offers ssh access you can open the Terminal application, ssh to the server, and type commands, such as a command to unzip the file.

    Otherwise you can unzip the file on your Mac and use Fetch to upload the unzipped folder.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Christopher Payne Member

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for the info.

    I did unzip the file first and tried that. When I uploaded the 26 meg WordPress theme folder to my web host, BlueHost.com, (there seem to be about 1,900 files in the folder) Fetch uploaded at 6-7Kb/s, and occasionally up to 11Kb/s, so the upload took 90 minutes, towards the end of which the connection broke. There seemed no way to get Fetch to carry on from where it got up to, so I decided to upload the zip file, rather than start all over again and wait another 90 minutes!

    The zip file of the theme uploaded at 135KB/s -- 20 times faster.

    Please can you explain this to me? Does the fact that Fetch or the site is handling around 2,000 tiny files rather than just one zip file slow the whole process down that much??

    Anyway, I found the solution in the end... I got advice from BlueHost to use the File Manager in cpanel to extract the zip file, and that worked perfectly. :)

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Uploading 2,000 files is definitely slower than uploading a single zip archive. When you upload lots of small files Fetch spends a lot of its time setting up and finishing each transfer, but when you upload a zip that only has to happen once.

    By the way, you can use the Mirror command to pick up a transfer where it left off.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Christopher Payne Member

    Thanks for the info, Jim. I'll look into the Mirror command.

    By the way, have you seen the review of Fetch I wrote for my website?...

    http://www.applemacenthusiast.com/uncategorized/fetch-ftp-software/

    Let me know if anything isn't accurate in it.

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Thanks for the review! You might want to set up the WebView feature for your site, so that you can use Command-C to copy the web address of items on your site (i.e. you wouldn't have to manually translate ftp: links into http: links). We have a screencast about WebView here:

    http://fetchsoftworks.com/fetch/webview

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

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