[Bug 3340] New: clarify "original" and "mode" in scp(1) manpage

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            Bug ID: 3340
           Summary: clarify "original" and "mode" in scp(1) manpage
           Product: Portable OpenSSH
           Version: 8.6p1
          Hardware: Other
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: critical
          Priority: P5
         Component: Documentation
          Assignee: unassigned-bugs at mindrot.org
          Reporter: calestyo at scientia.net


In that manpage, the -p option uses the term "original", but it's not
directly clear, whether this means the source file or the (original)
destination files (which I think it rather indicates).

It seems however that it's the source file that's meant, so I guess
that would be a clearer wording.

Also "modes" (in -p and -P above) might be ambiguous:
E.g. POSIX standard uses the definition:
>File Mode
>An object containing the file mode bits and some information
>about the file type of a file.

But here only the file mode bits are meant.

Perhaps something like "permission mode" or maybe the above "file mode
bits" might be better? And maybe adding that any ACLs wouldn't be


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