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Old 07-17-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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Keeping ownership of files

When I do

scp -rp *

I lose the ownerships; they become "root". How can I keep the ownership?

Old 07-17-2005, 01:47 PM   #2
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i am not familiar with that command, however if you do cp --help it brings up the options, one of which is keep the ownerships etc. as they are. if that doesn't help then the only other option is to go in as root and chown -R [user] [directory] this will recurse down the tree changing all files from the specified directory onwards to the specified user.
Old 07-17-2005, 04:14 PM   #3
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I had a quick look at the man page for scp and there doesn't seem to be a option to preserve owner and group, the file will be owned by whoever you log into as.

Logging into a machine remotely using root isn't the best of ideas anyway.


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