Secure Copy or SCP is a means of securely transferring computer files between a local and a remote host or between two remote hosts.

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Configure SCP access for login without a local account

Can I set up accounts that can do SCP that are NOT local users (i.e. users with an entry in /etc/passwd)? I've tried googling for SCP "without PAM authentication" or alternative authenication for sshd ...
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How can I send single file to multiple remote sites at the same time?

Can scp be used to send a single file to multiple remote servers at the same time? If so, how? If not, what's the alternative?
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Transfer files using scp: permission denied

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 ...
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How to enable local ~ autocompletion for scp?

Too late: The machine, OS and configuration in question is no longer in use, so I can't verify any more suggestions. I have not encountered this problem in Fedora or Arch Linux. If you are having this ...
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Interesting Secure Copy Behavior

I'm not entirely sure where to ask this question, so if this is not the right place just let me know and I'll move it. Today I was trying to using recursive scp to copy a directory between two Linux ...
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Short way to scp using the same dir/file in origin and target

I am frequently updating files from a development enviroment to a production one in different servers so the paths are the same in both hosts and it becomes kind of a repetitive procedure to update a ...
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Execute remote script with local parameter value

How can I automatize this task? 1) You are at A. 2) You ssh into B. 3) You run a script at B, that needs a parameter known at A. First, I thought perhaps I could send the value when I opened the ...
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Send an email any time an SSH key is used

I have about 30 nearly-identical CentOS 6 servers that I need to be able to push out updated config files automatically using an rsa key to log in as root. Usually this will just be rsync, but ...
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Is there ever a reason to use scp instead of rsync?

Is there a reason to use scp instead of rsync? I can see no reason for using scp ever again, rsync does everything that scp does, with more safety (can preserve symlinks etc).
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How do I use sftp to get a directory and all its contents? [duplicate]

When I try to use the command get from sftp, I get the error saying that it is not a normal file. Is there a way around this?
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Disable direct login for normal users (like oracle) in linux but allow scp and sftp?

Is it possible to disable direct login for normal users (like oracle) in linux but allow scp and sftp for that use?
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How to copy with SCP between two servers using key auth?

I can log in via SSH using key authentication to SERVER1 and SERVER2. However, I can't copy files between the two servers. Why? How can I copy between them? (the data that I have to copy is bigger ...
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Why is this scp command creating a directory one level up?

I am trying to copy a file from one machine to another machine via ssh. Both machines are Ubuntu servers. Both machines have exchaged keys so that they can log into each other without passwords. The ...
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scp: localhost password not accepted

I'm attempting to copy a public key to a remote server. I'm logged in locally as [localname] and the key resides locally at ~/.ssh/. I'm also ssh'd into [remote.com] as [remotename], and attempting to ...
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Vim - Cursorline turns on after saving a remote file

Using vim scp://.... I open a remote file. cursorline is not shown until I save the file(:w). When I type :w and enter password, cursorline appears.If I type :set nocursorline it disappears but again ...
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Where did scp put these files?

I ran an scp command to download some files from an SSH server. Instead of using the . to put it in the current folder, I accidentally typed *. It looks like scp copied the files and put them ...
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Problem in secure copying (scp) filenames with spaces

I am trying to copy files using secure copy(scp). I am trying to execute the following command but I get error due to the space in the absolute path of the location of the directory. scp -r -P 8484 ...
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Unable to use scp on Solaris

I'm trying to use scp from one Solaris machine to another, but I get this message and the copy fails: root@ark123 # scp -r emcgrab_SunOS_v4.4.4a.tar 192.163.119.21:/tmp Password: Sourcing ...
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Copying large tree from one machine to another, maintaining ownership

I am trying to copy a large folder structure between machines. I want to maintain the ownership/rights during the copy as it is not reasonable to 'fix' the privs afterwards. Therefore, I am using the ...
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Is it possible to make scp fail when you do a local copy?

Is it possible to make scp fail when you do a local copy? I find it annoying to accidently create files with names like 192.168.11.5 when I meant to type 192.168.11.5: and hence copying the file to ...
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How to use wildcards (*) when copying with scp?

Why can't I copy with scp when I'm using * characters in the path? scp SERVERNAME:/DIR/* . What configs do SCP need to allow * in the path? UPDATE: the problem is not on server side, pscp is ...
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How to auto type password for SCP or SFTP to automate it?

I have script where I put scp command to backup file to other server. But when it runs it asking to type password. Is there way to automate this? I am using CentOS 5.6. I have seen few guides they use ...
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how to find out the ip of an ssh HostName

Is there a simple way to retrieve the IP of a HostName from an ssh config on the command line? Many times I have to use scp and would like to connect to a machine, but I remember only the HostName.
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Provide user name when using vim with scp

I was reading about SSH here http://blogs.perl.org/users/smylers/2011/08/ssh-productivity-tips.html and found that you can use vim to directly modify a file on a remote server that you can ssh into. ...
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Copy file over existing SSH session? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SSH easily copy file to local system Let's give the following example: I've connected to ssh user@myserver.com. I need to copy a local file over to the remote ...
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Provide parameters to scp with xargs

When I run svn st | awk '{print $2}', I get: a.py b.py c.py Then I want to scp these files to a remote server. I have tried: svn st | awk '{print $2}' | xargs scp my_name@my_server:~/ But it ...
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Are there any “scp -p” just like “cp -p”

So if I need to preserve the permissions/user/group infos of files then I can copy them with "cp -p foo fooo". But are there any "preserving" options in scp? When copying between servers.
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SCP works, but SSH doesn't (over wifi)

As the title says, when I'm using wifi at my office, I'm able to copy files to and from my server using SCP, but for some reason SSH is non-responsive. It just hangs, doesn't print anything, and I ...
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How to pull a file from a server using scp?

I am on machine A and want to pull a file from machine B. A$ scp <myuserid>@hostB:<path of file in B> . it says that: scp: <path of file in B>: No such file or directory But on ...
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How to get full path of original file of a soft symbolic link?

I want to scp a file to a server. The file is a symbolic link, and actually what I want to do is copying the source file. Anyway I don't want to track source file's path manually, because it can be ...
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How to copy files from linux to windows using winscp from a folder which contains millions of files

I need to copy files from a linux machine to a windows machine where the only ports which can be open are for SSH (22). I can connect to the linux machine using WinSCP but the problem is once I try to ...
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“Permission denied, try again” while transferring files with scp

I have two servers (A and B) and my local machine. I'm trying to transfer a file from server A to server B. From server A: scp ./backup.tar user@server.b:/home/public/ Permission denied, please try ...
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SCP fails without error

I've been experiencing very strange behavior of SCP for some time: whenever I try to copy a file, the output of SCP contains a bunch of underscores and the file is not copied. $ scp test.txt ...
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Copy/Backup all files except the most recent through scp

I have a program that is running on multiple machines and which is writing the results to ~/data/machine_name/, each time the results file exceeds 1MB the program moves on and write to a new file. ...
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How to make scp respect umask

My scp doesn't respect umask setting of the user it's sending files to. Is there a setting somewhere or should I use a different solution?
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Permissions “problem” using SCP to copy to root owned folder from local

I'm taking some early forays into setting up a basic LAMP box. It's my first time setting up the software I'll use as opposed to just being handed a working environment, so go easy on me :) I have ...
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Copy files from remote server to local, ignoring existing files (rsync not available)

I would like to copy a directory of files from a remote server to my local machine. As it is a large number of files, the option of ignoring existing files is desirable. Unfortunately, rsync is not ...
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How to scp from server to server with different public keys?

What arguments would I use for the scp command on a server to server copy if the two servers need different ssh keys? I know how to scp files from a server to a server without having data flow on the ...
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scp hardlocking my server (both ways)

I have this strange issue. scp is hard locking my server. I have tried memcheck, tried downloading big files using wget, tried speed test in openssl and everything works just fine, yet every time I ...
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User can't touch -t

When SCP'ing to my Fedora server, a user keeps getting errors about not being able to modify file timestamps ("set time: operation not permitted"). The user is not the owner of the file, but we cannot ...
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Need command-line program to download all of http:// https:// scp:// ftp:// style links (on e.g. ubuntu)

I'm writing a perl program where I want to accept all kinds of "file names" from the user, including /home/foo/bar.txt and scp://server/some/file.txt or whatever. And then I thought that if I can find ...
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Output progess of the scp/sftp command to both standard out and a file on linux server

I am writing a release script, which uses scp/sftp to get the the file from a remote server, we want to log the output of this script to a release.log file as well. I am using "tee" to achieve this, ...
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how to scp in mc (and remember)?

I found that I can do scp in mc via cd /#sh:radek@firebird from the command line. Is there any way I can save this as a favorite? Maybe even with the password?
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Why does SCP hang on copying files larger than 1405 bytes? [duplicate]

I'm trying to copy a file from one of my local machines to a remote machine. Copying a file with size upto 1405 bytes works fine. When I try to scp a larger file, the file gets copied but the scp ...
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How can I best copy large numbers of small files over scp?

I have a directory that's got several gigabytes and several thousand small files. I want to copy it over the network with scp more than once. CPU time on the source and destination machines is cheap, ...
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Restricting an SSH/SCP/SFTP user to a directory

Is there a simple way to restrict an SCP/SFTP user to a directory? All methods that I've come across require me to set a chroot jail up by copying binaries, but I don't think that should be necessary. ...
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Do you need a shell for SCP?

I'm allowing a friend a local account on my machine, exclusively for SCP. Can I specify his account's shell as /bin/true, or in any other way limit the account, while still allowing SCP?
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What's the difference between SFTP, SCP and FISH protocols?

I used to think SCP is a tool to copy files over SSH, and copying files over SSH is called SFTP, which is itself a synonym to FISH. But now as I was looking for a Total Commander plugin to do this in ...
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How to specify where files are transferred to using ssh

I know how I can send files to a specific directory on a remote server using ssh, but I don't know how to specify it.
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Puzzle: transfering files between two servers (ssh, ftp, http multipart…)

A puzzle: files being uploaded in realtime by SCP to SERVER1 need to be transfered to SERVER2. But: SERVER1 doesn't actually have network access to SERVER2 (NAT), however SERVER2 has SSH access to ...