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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Error using SCP: “not a regular file”

I have been searching for a while and I can't find the definition of a regular file. My path is permanent (I start at /) and I am connecting to scp root@IP: /path/to/picture.jpg Results in an ...
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Does a `scp` transfer close when I close the shell?

I have scp transfer (from one remote server to another), that is quite big. So maybe I want close the computer from which I executed this command, will this end the transfer? I have ssh access to ...
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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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scp between two servers not in the same network

There are two server that I can access with 2 different VPN connections. I have managed to have both VPN working on the same time on my machine (a bit of routing rules). I want to do a scp ...
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scp and compress at the same time, no intermediate save

What is the canonical way to: scp a file to a remote location compress the file in transit (tar or not, single file or whole folder, 7za or something else even more efficient) do the above without ...
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Why does SCP hang on copying files larger than 1405 bytes?

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 do I copy a file from multiple servers to my local system?

We have multiple deployment of an application on servers such as app00, app01 and so on. I need to copy a single log file from all these servers onto my local mac so I can perform some grepping and ...
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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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Transfering millions of files from one server to another

I have two servers. One of them has 15 million text files (about 40 GB). I am trying to transfer them to another server. I considered zipping them and transferring the archive. But I realized that ...
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Command-line mv exclusion list

Is there a way to mv,cp, or any file operation such that I could specify all the files I don't want affected? For example, say I have a folder with the files file1, file2, and file3, and I want to ...
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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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scp from one remote server to another remote server

I have one big file on server one and I want to copy it to server two using scp. I have the keys setup properly and I can ssh/scp to both servers from my desktop. The file I need to copy is larger ...
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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 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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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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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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scp command working in bash doesn't work in zsh

This command works fine in bash: bash-3.2$ scp luna4:/u/paige/maye/src/diviner/notebooks/plots/hk_* . hk_az.png 100% 126KB 126.0KB/s 00:00 ...
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Sftp interface to Scp

I have a linux based router that doesn't have the SFTP server installed. More specifically, when I sftp user@ipaddress I get a sh: /user/libexec/sftp-server: not found error. My interest isn't trying ...
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How to input a network file to ffmpeg

My problem is this. I have access to a server that hosts many video files, most of them are very large and not well compressed. I intend to make a reduced quality smaller size copy of these on my ...
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How to securely allow scp, but not ssh

I work from a Mac Book Pro (called foo). I have a server where my customers scp large files to. (called bar). I frequently ssh into bar, and scp a file (called buzz) to my Mac. bob@foo$ ssh bar ...
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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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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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How to disable the try again password in ssh command

I want the ssh command to only allow one chance in typing the password, if the password was wrong at the first time the ssh will return Permission denied (publickey......). Is there a flag that ...
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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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Tar piped to split piped to scp

So I'm trying to transfer a bunch of files via SCP. Some of these are too large to be stored on the recipient (Android phone, 4GB file size limit). The sender is almost out of space, so I can't ...
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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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Scp doesn't work in cron

Yeah, I know it's classic. I've googled it all around, but still it doesn't work. I have the following script: #First go to SVN repo folder cd $svnrepos # Just make sure we have write access to ...
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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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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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SCP command with selected file and directories for download ask's for password for each new file or directory

On my Fedora 20 system I use scp a lot, and this is the second time I encounter this, when I run this command: scp -r -P PORT user@host:/home/user/something/{file1,folder1,folder2,folder3,folder4} ...
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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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Copy over ssh and execute commands in one session [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using an already established SSH channel Here is my sync script: ssh user@remote.host /etc/init.d/some_service stop scp user@remote.host:/var/some_service/events ...
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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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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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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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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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Running scp when .bashrc of remote machine includes source command

I cannot copy a file over scp when the remote machine .bashrc file includes source command to update paths and some variables. Why does it happen?
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Bash script for scp interpreting tilde (~) too soon

So, I just started a new C++ class that requires me to program in a Linux environment. I don't have Linux installed on my machine, but I do have OS X and I can ssh into a linux machine in the lab at ...
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Autocomplete server names for SSH and SCP

I have a few servers configured in ~/.ssh/config, such as alpha and beta. How might I configure Bash such that the commands ssh al<tab> and scp file.tgz al<tab> autocomplete the names of ...
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Weird SSH/SCP progress meter behavior

I've got a very weird SSH behavior and it's making me a bit nervous. Basically the progress meter is totally bogus: so bogus that it's nearly useless. And I fear that there may be something else going ...
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SCP file between 2 servers that go through few servers

I want to copy a file from server-a to server-d but I can access server-d only from server-b and then to server-c. server-a can only access server-b, server-b can only access server-c, server-c can ...
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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 ...