I'm trying to copy files from a remote machine to my local machine:



cat resource.txt | xargs -I F scp <user@ip>:F /localpath/dir/

I'm getting something like this : No such file or directoryir/file1.txt

What could be the reason?

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Your line terminators in your resource.txt file are probably wrong. Please, run the following command:

strings resource.txt >new_resource.txt

and use the new_resource.txt file created.

  • Yes, It worked. Thanks. cat -v showed ^M in resource.txt
    – Naive
    May 26, 2019 at 15:55
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    Use cat -e new_resource.txt; you will see $ at the end of lines (which indicate the correct line terminator for Linux). Use cat -e resource.txt; you will probably see ^M in place of line terminators and everything will be displayed in a single line (this will indicate that Carriage Returns have been used instead of the correct Line Feeds).
    – FedKad
    May 26, 2019 at 15:59

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