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.gz Couldn't delete file: No such file or directory
Since "stat" isn't an English verb, this is a bit confusing.
It is clear that this has something to do with the UNIX/Linux command
stat or the C function
stat(), but I welcome a more complete description.