Terminal, Shell and tar


Hello fellow dreamhosters…I am having issues with ftp (can upload one file at a time, but it disconnects on my trying multiple files) today and while awaiting my support ticket to get answered I need to install movable type. I uploaded the MT-4.1-en.tar.gz file

I am not real familiar with shell commands, etc. so, here is what i have done (which is NOT working)

I am on a mac, os x, so I use terminal

ssh me@mydomain.com

then it asks for the password, i give it that, then i used this command line

tar -xzf MT-4.1-en.tar.gz

[happy]$ tar -xzf MT-4.1-en.tar.gz
tar: MT-4.1-en.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

Now, I know the file is there, but perhaps I need to move in to the directory?

any help is appreciated


Try Sftp for simultaneous uploads.

Use this quickstart guide. Unpack everything locally, then upload.


You have to use gzip -d to uncompress then untar. There is a link for gzip on the quickstart page.


Use this quickstart guide. Unpack everything locally, then upload.

this is my initial problem, i am having issues uploading multiple files…and have a support ticket in…

will look at the gzip -d


I am not sure if I resolved this…or if dreamhost fixed it and i haven’t gotten their response yet…but

I redownloaded movable type, unstuffed it and it’s uploading as i type