I want to move my /home directory to a new computer ("NEW") from my old workhorse ("OLD") which is having intermittent hardware problems losing connectivity (ethernet port stops working).
Both computers are running Ubunutu 10.04, but this may not be significant since the guidance I am trying to follow, i.e.,
is for the command line. This article was written in 2005, but is the most clearly written and complete set of instructions I have found and since it is all command line, I am assuming that the syntax is still applicable?
Unfortunately I am rather "command line challenged" and suspect that the difficulties that I am having are consequent to this, and hope someone will hold my hand.
I have gotten as far as
creating the tarball of /home on the old computer (it is in the /home directory of OLD and is 20G's in size-see post: "Huge tarball-what gives?" also in Linux-Newbie) and am ready to move it to NEW (for the moment, I have connectivity between the two computers). I can ping NEW from OLD but run into a problem trying to transfer the file from OLD to NEW.
When I give the command (while in OLD):
"scp home.tar.gz firstname.lastname@example.org:" (as shown in the above-referenced article
I enter the password and it returns
"Permission denied. Please try again."
The thing is that I am absolutely sure that I am entering the correct password (and have repeated my attempt several times.) The username is the same on both computers and the password is the same on both computers.
So I expect that there is some sort of permission problem or addressing problem in my syntax or I am in the wrong directory in one or both computers. (I am in the /home directory of both). Can anyone see anything in the above that I am doing wrong? or have any suggestions or questions?
I really am a complete beginner at the command line, so please take into account in your reply. Thanks.