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How to Connect to a CAI Classroom from Your Office Mac Using Fugu



Before you can connect to Olson or Hart Hall from your office in Voorhies (or your computer at home), you need to download the right software to your computer. You can choose from a variety of different programs called FTP Clients. Recently the University has mandated that we use only secure FTP Clients, or SFTPs. For more information on the reasons for the change, visit

As with all FTP Clients, Fugu requires that you connect to the Olson or Hart server using the correct server address:

For Olson Hall, use

In the past, the address for the servers in Olson was Since that address sometimes caused confusion, our Olson Computer Lab Manager created a new shortcut address, As usual, please remember not to type an @ before "" but a dot instead. Both addresses will connect you to the Olson server. Using the new address for the first time, you might see a warning popup about certificate authentication, but click OK and you should connect.

For Hart Hall, use

Note: be sure that you type the letter "l" and not the number "1," and that you don't put an @ before “” but a dot instead.



For the following instructions, I use the Firefox browser. Internet Explorer might display additional, but fairly self-explanatory dialog boxes along the way.

1) You can download Fugu for free through MyUCDavis. In the tabs along the top of the page, click on "UCD Resources," and to the far left, "Software." At the left of the next page, click on the folder titled "Internet Tools." Fugu should appear in the list; click on the name, and in the page that follows, "Download." Your computer’s Download Manager should now indicate it’s installing Fugu.

2) Once it is installed, close the Manager and browser.

3) On your desktop you’ll find a new icon labeled “Fugu-1.2.0-English.dmg,” as shown in Figure 1


4) Clicking on the icon brings up the dialog box, “Disk Copy Progress,” shown in Figure 2, followed by a box shown in Figure 3 asking that you agree to the terms of the software installation. Click the “Agree” button.





Again, you’ll see the “Disk Copy Progress” box as in Figure 2 above while your computer mounts the new application. The original desktop icon in Figure 1 should now be replaced with a new icon, the little fish shown in Figure 4 labeled “Fugu.”

You have now downloaded the secure FTP client.





Double-click the Fugu desktop icon to view the dialog box in Figure 5.




As you can see in Figure 5 above, you’ll need to fill in three different blanks before connecting to the server. The first blank, “Connect to,” requires that you type in a server address--that is, the computer address of the server that operates in Olson or Hart Hall. For the “Username” and “Port” blanks, enter your UC Davis login. For example, my login is dkmeisen (shortened from my full e-mail address, dkmeisenheimer The port number is “22.” You can ignore the “Directory” blank. Once the completed login box is completed, as in Figure 6, click the “Connect” button in the lower right corner.




At this point, if you are connecting to the server for the first time, a box warning that authenticity can’t be established will appear as in Figure 7. Click on “Continue.”




Next, as shown in Figure 8 (only the right portion of the total dialog box), you’ll be asked to enter your password. Enter the same password you use for logging on to your UCDavis email account. Note that you can save time in future sessions by checking the “Keychain” option so the computer will remember your password. End by hitting the “Authenticate” button.




You’re now connected to the server. In order to simplify the movement of files to and from your computer desktop, double-click the “Desktop” folder circled in Figure 9.




Before moving files to or from the desktop, however, you’ll also need to locate your particular classroom folder. Look to the right column this time, and double-click on “Class Folders,” as circled in Figure 10.




If the classroom where you teach uses Macs, double-click the “Mac” folder as shown in Figure 11. Conversely, if your classroom is dedicated to PCs, double-click the “PC” folder.




You’ll now see a long list of classroom folders labeled with the names of the instructors who own them. Instructors teaching multiple sections have multiple folders. Scroll down to the folder labeled with your name and the appropriate section number. In Figure 12, my classroom folder is highlighted. I have three folders, one for each section I teach. Therefore, I have selected the specific folder of the section I want to move files to or from.




After you double-click the desired classroom folder, you should be able to see the usual default folders it contains—Pick and Dropoff, for example—along with any other folders you might have set up while you were in the classroom itself. (For technical reasons, Lab Management recommends we set up new folders only while physically in the classroom.) In Figure 13, you can see my own Pickup and Dropoff folders, as well as the Grammar Talks folder I made. You’re now ready to move files to or from Olson Hall.






You can simplify the process of moving files from a folder inside your classroom Dropoff Folder to your office computer if you first create a destination folder on your desktop (rather than letting the incoming files clutter up the desktop as they appear). For the following example, I have created a folder on the desktop titled “Destination Folder.” Double-clicking the resulting folder icon in the Fugu dialog box shows an empty left column, as in Figure 14.




Next, looking at the right column of the Fugu dialog box, double-click the Dropoff Folder and select the specific interior dropoff folder you want to move files from. In this example, I am moving files from the folder “Place Letter Here,” which is highlighted in Figure 15.




Note: Fugu cannot move an entire folder from the classroom to your office desktop without reverting from secure FTP to SCP, which the servers will not accept as secure. Therefore, you must first open a folder with a double-click and select all or some of the files inside it for transfer.  

Figure 16 shows the contents of “Place Letter Here” in the right column of the Fugu dialog box. If you’re moving only a single file, simply select that file to highlight it. Select multiple files by clicking on a single file and then holding down the shift and down-arrow keys simultaneously until all the desired files have been highlighted. You can now move the highlighted files by dragging them to the Destination Folder on the desktop as shown in Figure 16.







In the following example, I show you how to move files from the desktop of your office computer to the classroom Pickup Folder. First, double-click the Pickup Folder in the right column (shown at the bottom of the list of folders in Figure 13) to view its contents.

In this case, I’ll move the single file “ActiveVoice Presentation.ppt” from the desktop to the Pickup Folder. After selecting the file with a single click, hold down the mouse key and drag the file to the open Pickup Folder, then release the mouse key, as shown in Figure 17.




More commonly, of course, you’ll want to move more than one file. In that case, select a few (or all) of the files inside an open folder on your desktop by first clicking on a single file, then holding down the shift key and down-arrow keys simultaneously until you have highlighted the desired files. You can now move the highlighted files all at once to the Pickup Folder in the same way as shown in Figure 17 above: hold down the mouse key and drag the files to the open Pickup Folder, then release the mouse key.

Finally, although I noted above that Fugu cannot move an entire folder from the classroom to your office desktop, Fugu can do the opposite—move an entire folder from the office desktop to the classroom Pickup Folder. Again, follow the same procedure outlined for moving individual files, selecting the folder you wish to move and dragging it to the open Pickup Folder.



Once you’ve moved the files you want to transfer, click “Fugu” in the menu, then “Quit,” as shown in Figure 18.




The next time you want to use Fugu, simply double-click its desktop icon as shown in Figure 4.

You can save time reconnecting by clicking the down-arrow to the right of the “Connect to” blank as circled in Figure 19 and selecting the Olson (or Hart) server address.


You still need to enter your Username and the Port, but if you checked the “Keychain” option when entering your Password, the computer should remember it and open a connection to the server.


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