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Old 10-07-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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SFTP file upload bash script issue.

Hi all.

I have a requirement to upload a file to a business partner of ours in another country.

Currently they have an SFTP server set up for us that I am using to download a daily generated file from a previous requirement. I use a bash script to download it since its fairly simple.

sftp username@address/ /home/user/filedirectory > /var/log/joblog
(removed private info)

To satisfy the new requirement I have been trying to write something similar to this;

sftp /home/user/filedirectory/ username@address:/remotedirectory/
Can anyone tell me if this is even possible? sftps manual page only gives a hint about using a batchfile, however i still cannot get it to work. Does anyone know another way? Or if you can even suggest another method or application? It seems like a bit of a cop out you can EASILY download using the sftp command but can't upload.

EDIT - forgot to mention I have already got keyless entry set up using ssh keys.

Last edited by moodah; 10-07-2010 at 11:10 PM. Reason: moar info
Old 10-07-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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Hi guys - I figured it out and finished the script.

sftp -b 'scriptfile' 'username'@'server' is required.

In the top of my script I make it output a temporary text file 'scriptfile' that the below half of the script will then use in the above command.

In my case, the errors I was getting was due to the directory i was trying to ftp didnt exist. Id been told the wrong directory in this case which was hugely annoying. I found out because I sftp'd into the directory I knew worked and checked from there.
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