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Using scp command I want to move files from local system to a remote system. I'm doing something like this:

$ scp file1 root@abc:root /root/tmp

With this command I'm able to upload file1 to abc:/root, but the problem is that it changes the names to tmp like in my case, I want to keep the name the same as the original and just copy it to the folder.

How can I do this?

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Do this:

$ scp file1 root@abc:/root/tmp/

This would also work:

$ scp file1 root@abc:~/tmp/

If the directory /root/tmp isn't on the remote system abc, you can do this, and rsync will create the remote directory for you:

$ rsync -ave ssh file1 root@abc:/root/tmp

Lastly if you have to use ssh you can do this:

$ cat file1 | ssh root@abc "mkdir /root/tmp; cat >> /root/tmp/file1"
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This means that the /root directory on abc does not contain a tmp sub-directory. One more thing: you're using an extra root in your command line. (It should be scp file1 root@abc:/root/tmp)

Here's what you should do:

  • First create the required sub-directory on abc:

    ssh root@abc 'mkdir /root/tmp'
  • Then copy the file into the newly-created sub-directory:

    scp file1 root@abc:/root/tmp
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Just omit the final parameter, and the copied file will be /root/file1

scp file1 root@abc:root
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but i want to place the FILE in root/tmp folder – asadz Jul 10 '13 at 22:10

When a destination is not followed by a slash, it is interpreted as a new name for the file unless that folder already exists. So either:

$ scp file1 root@abc:root /root/tmp/

Or create the /root/tmp/ directory, then:

$ scp file1 root@abc:root /root/tmp
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