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Command Line Upload Basics

Command Line Upload uses a Python script to push the data files to the Blackboard IM server from your desktop or the location of your choice. This tool is available for download within the Blackboard IM Administration interface’s Sync tab by selecting the Command Line Upload synchronization method.

The Command Line Upload tool requires the use of Python. This comes standard on Mac OS X, but must be installed on Windows and some Linux machines. A Python interpreter is available for download at http://www.python.org/download. The Command Line Upload tool supports Python 2.5 and 2.6 only.

To Perform a Command Line Upload (Windows)

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Type:
    path\wimba-sync.py -f folder -s secret –a account –u url -V
    where
    • path is the path of the command line tool
    • folder is the folder location of the four data files
    • secret is shared secret (provided by Blackboard Collaborate)
    • account is your institution's account name (provided by Blackboard Collaborate)
    • url is the URL of the Blackboard CollaborateAdministration server

    For example:

    C:\wimba-sync.py -f C:\upload -s mysecret

    –a exampleuniversity –u https://example.bb.com -V

To Perform a Command Line Upload (Mac and Linux)
  1. Open Terminal (or the Command Line).
  2. If this is your first use of the Command Line Upload tool, you must enable its permissions. Use cd to go to the directory for the Command Line Upload tool and enter:
    chmod +x wimba-sync.py
  3. Type:
    path/wimba-sync.py -f folder -s secret –a account –u url -V
    where
    • path is the path of the command line tool
    • folder is the folder location of the four data files
    • secret is shared secret (provided by Blackboard Collaborate)
    • account is your institution account name (provided by Blackboard Collaborate)
    • url is the URL of the Blackboard Collaborate Administration server

    For example:

    ./wimba-sync.py -f ~/upload -s mysecret

    –a exampleuniversity –u https://example.bb.com -V

Using Configuration Files

The files, secret, account, and url parameters can be added as name-value pairs to a locally stored configuration file, resulting in a shorter command. For example:

C:\wimba-sync.py -c C:\config.txt –V

or

./wimba-sync.py -c ~/config.rtf -V

For More Information

Please contact Blackboard Collaborate Professional Services for more information regarding assistance with Command Line Upload.