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I have read through several threads (which have been helpful) and I'm still getting an error when trying to sftp a file (client wants it to be sftp'ed)

Here is the script:

#!/bin/bash 
HOST=XX.XX.XX.XX
PORT=XXXX
USER=root
FILE=/tmp/RANDY

/usr/bin/expect<<EOD

spawn sftp -o Port=$PORT $USER@$HOST
expect "sftp>"
spawn put $FILE
interact
EOD

The error I am receiving is:

spawn sftp -oPort=XXXX root@XX.XX.XX.XX
Connecting to XX.XX.XX.XX...
sftp> spawn put /tmp/RANDY
couldn't execute "put": no such file or directory
    while executing
"spawn put /tmp/RANDY"

The file exists and is in the correct directory.

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The second spawn in your Expect script should be send, you should quote what you're sending to the spawned process, and you've left off the CR (Carriage Return, a.k.a. Enter):

send "put $FILE\r"

Also, you probably don't want the interact command. This probably makes more sense in its place:

expect "sftp>"
send "exit\r"
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where is password or authentication happening , For sure you have to authenticate first and then you should not get that error.

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