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I try to transfer files from remote computer using ssh to my computer :

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:/Home

This should put My_file.txt in the home folder on my own computer, right? I get

scp/Home: permission denied

Also when I try: ...@server:/Desktop, in order to copy the files from the remote computer to my desktop.

What am I doing wrong?

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If you want to copy the file to the home folder of 'user_id' use scp My_file.txt user_id@server: It copies to the users home folder. –  Manula Waidyanatha Sep 12 '12 at 9:42

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Your commands are trying to put the new Document to the root (/) of your machine. What you want to do is to transfer them to your home directory (since you have no permissions to write to /). If path to your home is something like /home/erez try the following:

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:/home/erez/

You can substitute the path to your home directory with the shortcut ~/, so the following will have the same effect:

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:~/

You can even leave out the path altogether on the remote side; this means your home directory.

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:

That is, to copy the file to your desktop you might want to transfer it to /home/erez/Desktop/:

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:/home/erez/Desktop/

or using the shortcut:

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:~/Desktop/

or using a relative path on the remote side, which is interpreted relative to your home directory:

scp My_file.txt user_id@server:Desktop/

Edit:

As @ckhan already mentioned, you also have to swap the arguments, it has to be

scp FROM TO

So if you want to copy the file My_file.txt from the server user_id@server to your desktop you should try the following:

scp user_id@server:/path/to/My_file.txt ~/Desktop/

If the file My_file.txt is located in your home directory on the server you may again use the shortcut:

scp user_id@server:~/My_file.txt ~/Desktop/
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- I've tried: "~/" for 'Home' now, and also "~/Desktop/. Both resulted in : My_file.txt 100% 0 0.0 KB/s 00:00, and I cannot see the files in my folders. What am I still doing wrong ? Thanks a lot! –  Erez Sep 12 '12 at 9:31
    
@Erez see my edit ;-) –  binfalse Sep 12 '12 at 10:20
    
Works! THX both :-) –  Erez Sep 12 '12 at 13:50

I came here for "Transfer files using scp: permission denied" because I had the same error.

In my case, the file downloaded with scp would have overwritten a file owned by root, and I wasn't root. In short, check the ownership of the file being overwritten.

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In this case it's because he's trying to write to /Home and not being root, he doesn't have write access outside ~/ –  Shadur Oct 9 '12 at 9:25

FileZilla supports SFTP. Connect to the remote computer and transfer files. Best method so far. See: http://filezilla-project.org/

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You have the arguments to scp reversed. It's source first, then destination, like cp. man scp for more details.

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Permisssion Denied means you are not the root of the server. You just hold an account there. So in that case you need to do this:

sudo scp -r /path2yourFolder/ username@server_Ip:/home/username

This will copy to your home directory on server.

This will also work:

scp -r /path2yourFolder/ username@server_Ip:~/
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