I recently switched from administering my systems using Windows to OS X. I've found really nice alternatives to damn near everything I used previously, however I have not found a nice GUI editor (sometimes VIM just hurts my face for long scripting jobs) that can transfer files over SCP and that is sudo-aware.

WinSCP did all these things previously for me, Allowed me to log in, edit a file locally, and every time I save, it sends the file to the remote server. It also gave me the ability to sudo edit files, so I was able to edit files not owned by my primary user without having to sudo chown a million files just to change them back.

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Have you tried Cyberduck?


I'm not sure if it allows for sudo integration as I don't use a Mac (this isn't, to my knowledge, something that is native to the SCP protocol; i suspect winSCP does it by initiating a separate shell session, sudo chowning the files, and chowning them back after the operation is complete).

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    Yea, doesn't do sudo. :/ – GruffTech May 16 '11 at 22:29
  • My main issue with Cyberduck has been that I can't save connections to be able to reconnect easily. – Kevin M May 3 '16 at 14:56
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    I don't see SCP support at all with Cyberduck? – eis May 9 '17 at 8:58

Fugu will do SCP/SFTP in a fairly nice, albeit simple GUI. It will launch your local OS X editor to edit files on the server and then automatically sync the file to the remote server when you save it within the editor. I don't think Fugu fulfills your sudo requirement, however.

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    Yea, doesn't do sudo. :/ – GruffTech May 16 '11 at 22:29
  • And depending on which editor you use it may or may not save edited files back to the remote machine, no matter how you have it configured. :( – John Gardeniers May 17 '11 at 4:32
  • Fugu supports coping files between ssh server and smb share, exactly what I need, thanks! – ryenus Nov 5 '15 at 3:10
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    "You cannot install or run Fugu because PowerPC applications are no longer supported", says my OS X. – eis May 9 '17 at 8:57

WinSCP port for Mac is the only solution for a while. http://portingteam.com/index.php/files/file/7089-winscp/

At this time, none of Mac SCP GUI clients doesn't do sudo.

  • its download links are dead. – eis May 9 '17 at 8:58

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