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Old 01-28-2005, 10:26 PM   #16
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Nothing yet... but the error did change slightly to:

cp: directory brian@(ipaddress)home/brian does not exist
still no space between the ipaddress and home, all crushed together
Old 01-28-2005, 10:28 PM   #17
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scp test.txt brian@foonesstothemax:'/home/brian/'
And it worked perfectly! Oh god, thanks so much for your help Dark_Helmet

EDIT: /me notices LFS under Dark_Helmet's name and is impresssed.
Thanks again!

Edit again, are you in anyway affilated with Dark Helmet from Halo 2? just had to check lol

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:43 PM   #18
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Hehehehe... bizarre... real bizarre. When they said Mac users "think different"... well, that's different.

Glad I could help. Wish it could have been figured out sooner though.

LFS isn't so difficult as it is addicting. You always think of a "better" way to manage your system after you've passed the point of no-return with your current install.

As for Halo 2... That's not me Although I do have an Xbox and a copy of it, I've never jumped on Live. I have an unnatural/irrational aversion to pay-to-play services. I've manged to beat Halo 2 on normal, but the Heroic setting seems to be a huge step up in difficulty. I didn't notice that kind of spike in the original Halo. Maybe I'm just getting old and the reflexes ain't as quick anymore.
Old 02-01-2005, 07:49 AM   #19
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Have you tried looking at his .profile or .login or .bashrc?

I once had a .bashrc that echoed some stuff on succesfull login. It pretty much messed up scp (because it tunnels data over ssh, and the echoed stuff is not in the protocol) even though ssh was working perfectly.


Old 02-01-2005, 08:47 AM   #20
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scp / cp ???

Originally posted by Baix
Actually cp isn't a typo, the error actually comes out like that.
And I made quadrubly sure he was trying scp before preparing to bludgeon him to a bloody pulp.
When you scp to Brian's account, you will run his .bashrc file. Could he have an alias set up to map 'scp' to 'cp'? If so, get the bludgeon ready. Similarly, when you scp to him, it spawns a partner scp at his end so $PATH must be set up to locate the correct scp. It may be finding something else on the target system.

Edit. I didn't notice the 2nd page so I guess this is fixed now. Still a good idea to check .bashrc though.

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:42 PM   #21
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Thumbs up You're a genius

Originally Posted by Dark_Helmet View Post
Well, it looks pretty much the same... I was mainly suspicious of the user@host parts.

In that case, the problem might be with bash and how it interprets the command line. He could try quoting the destination file in an attempt to preserve it. Something like:
scp test.txt 'brian@ip_address:/home/brian'
I didn't use the foo'd bit just to avoid confusion about the quoting. If that works, then his version of bash is interpreting the user@host:file specification as something "special".
I know this post is really old, but it helped me solve my problem. I'm using a mac and trying to scp to EC2. The mac apparently didn't like the command without the quotes. I added the single quotes, and it worked! Previously I was getting the no such file or directory error.

Thanks Dark Helmet and poster.


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