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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 copy a file from a remote server to a local machine?

In my terminal shell, I ssh'ed into a remote server, and I cd to the directory I want. Now in this directory, there is a file called table that I want to copy to my local machine /home/me/Desktop. ...
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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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SCP through multiple hosts

The question describes how to SSH into a machine that can only be accessed through one or more hosts (that can also be SSH'd into). Is there an equivalent way of using scp? That is, copy a file to my ...
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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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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 192.168....
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scp without replacing existing files in the destination

How do I copy an entire directory into a directory of the same name without replacing the content in the destination directory? (instead, I would like to add to the contents of the destination folder)
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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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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 alTab and $ scp file.tgz alTab autocomplete the names of the ...
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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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Disable direct login for normal users 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 execute multiple commands remotely on few servers?

I am trying to automate these steps so that I don't need to do this on every machines manually. I need to install latest app server software (abc.tar.gz) on all the unix boxes. I need to do this in ...
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Move file to another user's home directory (without sudo)?

I have a couple of files that I want to move to another's user home directory. I don't have permissions to write to that user's home directory, but I know his password. I know how to copy the file ...
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Transferring Files SSH SCP Error Message: 'Stdin: is not a tty'

I am using a Macbook SSH terminal and generated RSA key pairs and uploaded remote with approved permissions. I can connect with remote Apache web server. I can create, open, move, modify ...
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Use scp to transfer a file from local directory X to remote directory Y

I took a look around at other questions here and at various "scp usage" tutorials on Internet, but I can't sort out what's wrong. I'm using Linux Mint and I'm trying to figure out how scp works. I'...
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How can I download a file from a host I can only SSH to through another host?

I want to download files from my office computer to my laptop. I can connect my office machine by SSH to the organization server and then SSH from the server to my office machine. The only commands ...
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How do I copy a file with scp with special characters?

I am trying to copy a file that has colons and periods, e.g., with: scp "test.json-2014-08-07T11:17:58.662378" remote:tmp/ scp test.json-2014-08-07T11\:17\:58.662378 remote:tmp/ and combinations ...
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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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why rsync does not do delta transfer

I have binary file which has approx 77MB: nupic@nupic-virtualbox:~/VboxSharedFolder/experiments/sync/exp2$ ls -lah src/ total 77M drwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Jun 21 13:31 . drwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf ...
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not able to execute multiple commands on multiple linux machines?

I have around 50 ubuntu machines on which I need to run below commands: sudo apt-get install htop sudo scp -r [email protected]:/home/todd/pip /tmp/ sudo apt-get install python-pip sudo pip ...
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How to copy all files from a directory to a remote directory using scp?

My goal is copy only all files from ~/local_dir to [email protected] /var/www/html/target_dir using scp and do not create local_dir category in local_dir. /var/www/html/target_dir/files.. but not /...
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Why is scp so slow and how to make it faster?

I'm trying to copy a batch of files with scp but it is very slow. This is an example with 10 files: $ time scp cap_* user@host:~/dir cap_20151023T113018_704979707.png 100% 413KB 413.2KB/s 00:00 ...
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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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What does the `-C` flag exactly do in `scp`?

I always use either rsync or scp in order to copy files from/to a remote machine. Recently, I discovered in the manual of scp (man scp) the flag -C -C Compression enable. Passes the -C flag to ...
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Sending files over Samba with command line

I was wondering if there is a way to use Samba to send items to a client machine via the command line (I need to send the files from the Samba server). I know I could always use scp but first I was ...
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Do I need to check for file corruption once scp is done?

I have recursively transferred many files and folders with scp, using the command: scp -rp /source/folder [email protected]:/destination/folder After the transfer is completed, do I ...
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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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Copy over ssh and execute commands in one session [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using an already established SSH channel Here is my sync script: ssh [email protected] /etc/init.d/some_service stop scp [email protected]:/var/some_service/events ./events scp ...
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SCP from one server to another without password prompt

What is the best way of doing scp from one box to the other without prompting for password? There are two servers: Server A ( /home/oracle/export/files.txt Server B ( /home/...
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Provide parameters to scp with xargs

When I run svn st | awk '{print $2}', I get: 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 doesn'...
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How to scp through two intermediate servers to a third-hop server [duplicate]

I have seen plenty of examples for scp through an intermediate server to a second-hop server via ProxyCommand operator such that: A:/infile.txt -> B -> C:/outfile.txt Which looks something ...
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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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host key verification failed when I use scp

When I use scp between the VM1 and VM2 , there is no problem, because of other reason I removed the VM2, and rebuild it by VMware workstation, when I use the scp to copy the file from the VM1 to the ...
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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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Unrar local files to remote server

I have two Linux servers, one which has several RAR files and another empty one. I would like to extract the archives and move the content to Server 2. The problem is: I do not have enough storage to ...
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How to transfer a part of a file from remote system via SCP?

I am trying to fetch a log file which is repeatedly updated. I want that updated file, but don't want to download the entire file again and again from the remote system via SCP. Any idea to achieve ...
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File transfer through jump host

I need to move files to destination server(s) to which we have to pass-through 2 jump servers. Currently this is how my alias are setup alias tst = 'ssh -A -t xjmp01 ssh -A -t xjmp02 ssh -A -t qat1' ...'s user avatar
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Syntax to transfer from remote to local scp by leapfrogging onto another host?

I am trying to copy files from a remote server to my local server, however, my remote server first requires me to connect to an intermediate host and then leapfrog onto the actual server from there. I ...
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upload and dowload the files from server without giving password

I want to download the file from sever by using cron job, so I need to use scp command without giving password by keyword. How do I do so?
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SCP reproducably breaks SSH pipe [duplicate]

I'm trying to copy some certificates onto my server using scp. $ scp ./cert.* [email protected]:/tmp/ cert.crt 100% 2386 0.1KB/s 00:18 packet_write_wait: Connection to port ...
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Downloading file through SSH with a "proxy" machine inbetween

I need to download a file from machine C to machine A. To do that, I need to login to machine B (I am doing this using scp), as I cannot access C directly from A. Would it be possible to download a ...
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Shell Script - how to scp into remote server and download files and protect password

I have a remote server that I need to download Apache logs from. I can manually scp into the server and get the files, but I'd like to put this in crontab. The only way to automate it is to include ...
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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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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 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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Is scp unsafe? Should it be replaced with sftp?

I have over 20 years experience in Un*x, and I have been using scp for immemorial times. scpis over SSH, therefore I consider it as secure as the latter. Now, in my company, where I recently took up a ...
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scp wildcard not working in zsh

I have switched over to zsh, and it is working fine. One strange thing, when I try to scp with a * wildcard, it does not work, and I have to drop into bash. The second command below works fine. Any ...
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Transferring 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 transferred,...
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How can I save password,when using SCP (copy)?

I'm facing problem when I pull a file from another machine to my machine using SCP. File is successfully transferred but each time it asks for password. I want to run this SCP command as a cronjob, ...
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cp: cannot stat : No such file or directory

I am getting an error when I try to copy a file from my local computer to a remote server with ssh. I get the same error whether I use cp or scp. Here is my input at the resulting error: [root@xxx....
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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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