Use Terminal to move between dirs on Network Storage

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  1. TallDoug macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Gainesville, VA, USA
    I am new to MacRumors (this is my first post - not sure if this is the right area) and I need help using Terminal to access a directory on my NAS (Synology drive).

    I am familiar with how to move around directories on a PC but have not been able to use Terminal to navigate around directories / folders on my NAS. I can use Finder to view all the Folders on my Synology drive but need Terminal so that I can document all the files / folders in a particular folder including the file / folder details.

    I want to use Terminal's ability to output a csv file containing the details on all the files and folders within a folder that I can import into Excel.

    I have hundreds of folders that I want to be able to see the folder creation date.

    Using Terminal I have been able to reach a SHARED folder on the NAS but can not step down one level to a folder inside the SHARED folder.

    I have been searching on Google and have found the Terminal commands to produce the file but can not find out how to locate the folder with the folders in it that I need.

    This is the file structure captured within Windows Explorer:

    MOVE TO HERE is my primary repository for my files and folders.

    I have tried various queries trying to find some information about how to use Terminal to access and move around a NAS with out success.

    Thank you for your help. :eek:

    Doug Cameron
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    There is nothing special about a NAS hosted file system. You change directories using the exact same command as local directories. NAS will be mounted as it's volume name in /Volumes. cd <directory name> will change to the directory. Spaces need to be escaped with \ or enclosed in "". So if your NAS was mounted as Shared you could do:

    cd /Volumes/Shared/MOVE\ TO\ HERE
    cd "/Volumes/Shared/MOVE TO HERE"
  3. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    In Terminal, type cd and an extra space or two. Don't press return. Then simply drag the icon for the folder you want and drop it in the Terminal window. The folder will not actually be moved, but its path will be appended to the cd command (and all spaces should be properly escaped automatically). Then press return. This works for me.

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