The SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) provides secure file transfer functions using the same infrastructure used by the Secure Shell protocol. It can be seen as a secure replacement for FTP.

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Uploading directories with sftp?

I'm having some trouble uploading directories(which contain other directories a few levels deep) by sftp. I realize I could work around this by gzipping, but I don't see why that's necessary. Anyway, ...
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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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Transfering large (8 GB) files over ssh

I tried it with SCP, but it says "Negative file size". >scp matlab.iso xxx@xxx:/matlab.iso matlab.iso: Negative file size Also tried using SFTP, worked fine until 2 GB of the file had ...
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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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Using sftp to Transfer a Directory?

When I try to use sftp to transfer a directory containing files, I get an error message: skipping non-regular file directory_name The directory contains a couple of files and two subdirectories. ...
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What is SSH - the protocol and what is ssh - the utility?

What is SSH - the protocol? What is ssh - the unix utility and how does it work? How is SSH protocol related to SFTP? What is sshd? Does the command su use ssh or sshd?
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How to pipe a remote file to stdout over scp or sftp?

Using ssh, it is easy to print the contents of a file using ssh host 'cat file.txt' When ssh is disabled, and only SFTP is enabled, running the previous command gives the following error: This ...
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How do I sftp to a server if the username contains @ symbol

I have to sftp to a server to a specific port but the username contains the @ symbol. suppose the user is "user@domain.com" and the ftp server is just "domain.com" I will end with sftp -oPort:8777 ...
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How to send multiple commands to sftp using one line

The following command sends one command to sftp using one line: sftp -o PasswordAuthentication=no user@host" <<<"lcd /home" How to send multiple lines to sftp using one line. Is there a ...
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How to use SFTP on a system that requires sudo for root access & ssh key based authentication?

I want to be able to use SFTP to edit files that require root permissions. I'm using SSH Key based authentication - rsa key on smart card. If the system requires sudo to perform root level commands, ...
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Restrict password-less backup with SFTP

I need to perform backup of a server to my computer using Duplicity: duplicity /etc sftp://backup@my.dynamic.ip.address//home/backup Before this can be done, I need to allow password-less access by ...
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how to set the sftp -s subsystem option in a configuration file

The sftp command supports a subsystem option (-s) which allows the remote user to select the remote sftp-server executable, and optionally upgrade to sudo in the process like so; sftp -s "/usr/bin/...
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How to move files in sftp server?

How can I move a file in sftp server on a different directory? I connect to this server using sftp and then try to move a file using mv myfile.csv /my/dir/myfile.csv but this generates an error. ...
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sshfs breaks symlinks from SFTP server

Does anyone know how to mount a remote SFTP path via SSHFS so that you can work with symlinks? When I do this, all the symlinks I create point to the wrong files (not the ones I linked to.) All the ...
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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 make tar save the archive on a remote machine using sftp or ftp?

I would like to backup some of my very important data on a remote machine. Currently I'm just saving it to my local machine by using this command: tar -cvjf ~/backups/Backup.tar.bz2 ~/importantfiles/* ...
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How to remove multiple files using sftp

This post is about removing muliple files from the remote server, when sftp password less connection is setup. I have the code as below. Only first file in the variable $file_list gets deleted, when I ...
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sFTP server fails to start

I'm having problems getting sFTP working while there are no problems with ssh. I'm basically building zlib, openssl, and openssh for an ARM processor using an existing embedded Linux filesystem. After ...
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sftp gives an error: “Received message too long” and what is the reason?

I was able to do sftp yesterday to a RHEL 5.4 box (RedHat) and today I can't. The message is "Received message too long 778199411", and after some investigation, it was due to my RHEL box's .bashrc ...
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Can not create SFTP user Debian 7

I have a linode and I access via ssh throw terminal. I need to create an sftp user which his default directory (and the only he can access) is /var/www/xxxxxx.com/public_html/directory Now, I did it, ...
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How to prevent “Last Login:” message from showing up when using sftp?

In Ubuntu GNU/Linux 12.04, I have a user johndoe that is part of an sftponly group, set up to sftp to a chroot jail using Subsystem sftp internal-sftp Match Group sftponly ChrootDirectory %h ...
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Is it possible to create a non-empty file without write_close and rename event?

The reason why I am asking is because I'm using iwatch (not to confuse with a gadget device) to watch for filesystem events (in my case - file creation/renaming). What I cannot explain is this log: /...
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Restrict FTP user to a directory

Sorry if this is an obvious question, but I don't have a lot of knowledge about this sort of thing, and I've googled for hours, nothing worked. So on a Ubuntu 11.04 server, I want to restrict a user ...
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Why is it possible to leave CHROOT with this sftp config?

I'm trying to create the user lenny, that has read and write permissions in the folder /home/lenny/ and has no shell but only access via SFTP. I'm doing the following: useradd lenny mkdir /home/lenny ...
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Provide sftp read/write access to folder and subfolders, restrict all else

I need to provide user access to Ubuntu 14.04 Server, only limited to certain folder. To enjoy the ssh security and not to open up new service and ports (ie, ftp), I'd like to stick with sftp. However,...
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Can you scp, sftp, or rsync, a pipe?

I want to tar and send a ~700GiB directory to a remote drive I don't control. I don't have the HDD space locally to create the tarball and then copy that over. The remote is also protected by rssh - ...
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Why does default setfacl fail for nested directories?

I am using sftp with the internal-sftp for debian. What I'm trying to acomplish is to jail all users to a specific folder which is working fine. I also need to have a single user that has "admin" ...
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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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Unable to get the right exit code from a script

I have a script which connects to a remote server via SFTP and get some file from there. My script goes like this: /usr/bin/sftp USER@remote.server.com <<EOF lcd /dir1/dir2/dir3 cd /rsdir1/...
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Is it possible to detect when a file has been downloaded?

We have a server where another script sFTPs and downloads files everyday. Question: Is it possible to detect that the file was downloaded and then for me to automatically archive the file after they ...
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Does the SFTP server accept passwords at all?

I'm trying to connect to a sftp server via sftp USERNAME@SERVERNAME. Whatever I do, I get "Permission denied (publickey)." Googling doesn't help as everybody recommends switching to key-based ...
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Chrooted SFTP user write permissions

I have a setup with sftp only users: Match Group sftponly ChrootDirectory %h ForceCommand internal-sftp AllowTcpForwarding no I get the following message in my secure.log: fatal: bad ...
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recursive delete with sftp?

I have a host that I can only access with sftp, scp, and rsync-- no ssh. I have a large tree of directories that I want to delete, but my sftp client apparently does not support recursive rms or ...
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Activity Logging Level in SFTP

I'm using CentOS, i have already figured out how to enable the SFTP Logging. After that when i test it by using FileZilla (from User-end) and tail -f /var/log/sftp.log from the Server, all the ...
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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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Chrooted SFTP with full access to SSH stopped working (Debian)

I've got a home server on Debian 6 for backups. I'd like to setup chrooted SFTP environment with SSH access for some users (only for my knowledge, there are two users now). It almost works or rather ...
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How do I share a mounted sftp drive?

My friend has a public server that he's given me read access to with SFTP. I've successully mounted it in Mint 17 with the command sshfs user-name@file-server:/location/I/want /mount/point/I/want -o ...
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Transferring files to someone else via sftp

This is probably a dumb question, but the Internet wasn't very helpful... Someone else is giving me a dataset that is too large to send via email, Dropbox, etc., so I'm thinking we can use sftp or ...
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I uninstalled vsftpd, but I can still connect with sftp

I installed vsftpd and was in the process of configuring it. When I sent the vsftpd server stop command: sudo service vsftpd stop I received: stop: Unknown instance So I went ahead and ...
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How to allow only machines with specified ip to login via ssh?

I want to allow only machines with allowed ip(s) to login to my system via ssh. For example, userA can use only ip xx.xx.xx.xx or yy.yy.yy.yy to login via ssh, and no other ip can login as the userA. ...
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How to configure SFTP so it behaves like ftp chrooting user to his home directory?

I have installed vsftpd utility on Fedora 10 to restrict users to their (chroot) home directories. It works fine when I use ftp prompt to connect. However it does not work when i connect using sftp. ...
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Why does the filename contain question marks when I run a script on my remote machine?

I have a tiny script that simply fetches the current date, runs a PHP script and redirect the output (and errors) to a filename containing the current date. DATE=$(date +"%Y%m%d") FILE="log/${DATE}....
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Using nohup on Solaris 10

I need to transfer a large number of files over SFTP (only between Solaris servers) which takes a very long time. I cannot keep my PC on for this duration. I tried: nohup sftp server1 While the ...
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Transfering files via ssh but without scp or sftp

I need to transfer files via ssh, but unfortunately scp and sftp are not viable, as the host I am connecting is just a "door" node that is redirecting me to a different machine available only on a ...
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sftp from Unix server to Window

I am trying to sftp from a Unix box to my computer. I'm use the command: sftp userid@ipaddr where "ipaddr" is the IP Address of my computer. But I'm unable to connect. I tried with ftp and sftpg3, ...
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SFTP: give user access to folder outside home

I have a machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with OpenSSH server installed. I have created a user with a jailed home account. When I log in with the user's account, I can only access his home (duh). ...
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SFTP clients uploading files with too restrictive rights

I have the following setup: Ubuntu 14.4 server offering SFTP service in a front-end area. External clients have the ability to upload files. A back-end process (on another server) tracks uploaded ...
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Limit bandwidth SFTP user

Is there any possibility to limit the bandwidth of an SFTP user? My server has an upload of ~500kb/s and I don't want to 'spend' it all on one user
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Read only permission to sftp user in specific directory

I want to create specific SFTP user which will have permissions to only read all folders and subfolders in /var/www/vhosts. Any help on this ?
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What is the meaning of “stat” in the SFTP error message “Couldn't stat remote file”

I've seen this when using SFTP; for example when I try to remove a file that isn't on the remote server: sftp> RM coa.dat.gz Couldn't stat remote file: No such file or directory Removing coa.dat....