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you're almost right. There are two errors in the statement you're using, if you read reddazz's post carefully you'll be able to identify them yourself.
1) you're missing a small little semicolon after user@host
2) the host should be the remote host onto which you wish to copy the file (i.e. either it's name or i.p. address) and not the localhost, otherwise there's no use of using scp (it's across hosts, right?)
When I do that remote host I dont get any connection to my other computer - however when I use the IP I do and it automatically asks me for roots passwd - I type it in and I get that error - not a regular file. The code im using now is: